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Teen pregnancies in Adams Co. down, still above state average

ADAMS COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) - The Voices for Illinois Children recently released its report of teen births for the state of Illinois, so how did Adams County fair?

The number of teen births in Adams County continued to drop, reaching its lowest point in 23 years. However, even with the drop, numbers are still higher than the state average. According to the report in 2009, 11.1 percent of all births in Adams County were teen births, roughly two points higher than the state average of 9.6 percent. Executive Director of Family Planning Beverly Simmons says more education is needed to keep the teen pregnancies going down.

"Get educated," Simmons said. "Find out all the information you can. Find someone that you trust, someone that you can talk to. Whether it be a family member, an aunt, an uncle, or a grandma, sometimes it's easier to talk to grandmas, but come to us if nobody else and get the information, get all the information not just what your friends are telling you."

Simmons says she goes to the schools about once a month to inform students about the different kinds of birth control and also abstinence. Adams County Health Educator Amanda Crumrine says the report reminds her that the education is working.

"Its been pretty much consistently going down for the last four years," Crumrine said. "So that's another great point that we have done this for several years and we hope for those rates to continue to go down. No county is perfect, but there is always room for improvement. More education is always key and just encouraging people to plan for their future."

Simmons says she usually talks to grades 10 and 11, and she says their response is often that they wish they'd had the information sooner. She recommends parents talk to their kids and educate them early on teen pregnancies and sex education.  She says it's the key to helping them make smart choices later.
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