Reports of child abuse fielded by the Noble County Department of Child Services have tripled since last year, prompting officials at the typically reactive agency to look for a proactive solution. The answer, director Sue Romans said, could be in the formation of Prevent Child Abuse Noble County. The organization, now in its planning stages, would be a chapter of the national organization Prevent Child Abuse. The area group would pay dues of $150 a year to cover the cost of pamphlets, posters and other educational materials the organization can use. The national group can provide expert speakers and the local organization could host other community meetings, Romans said, and talk to local service or church groups. Through a private donation, the agency already has enough money for two years.