Several community agencies and coalitions gathered at The Center today as part of child abuse prevention month.
They often combine their efforts to keep kids safe and get the word out to parents about crisis centers in the area.
"Our community is rich in resources, there are resources available to help families that are experiencing abuse and what I hope people learn is that our community collaborates together," said Heart of Illinois Program Admin. Sara Dillefeld.
"We are all joining forces and joining hands to fight child abuse."
The Tri-County Prevention Council also recognized Patricia Morris and Jeanne Mentgen with "Friend of Children" awards.
They received the awards for their outstanding service with children in the community.