Chris Bzdon, executive director of Child Care Resource & Referral

Chris Bzdon was alarmed by a new study that shows an increase in poverty, abuse and neglect among children in Will County. Bzdon was one of the speakers at a press conference held March 6 at Aunt Martha's in Joliet where the Voices for Illinois Children Illinois Kids County 2014 "Child Health Matter" study was released.

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Study shows increase in poverty, abuse among area children

Community leaders say linking families to services crucial to addressing problems

A report released Thursday by a statewide advocacy group about the health and well being of children across Illinois showed some positive statistics about health care insurance coverage, yet a disturbing rise in Will County of abuse, neglect and poverty, especially those of lower income.