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The Issue
The Issue

A National Issue

Child abuse and neglect affects families from all walks of life. It’s an issue that impacts communities across the country. And it’s important that we all work together to create the kind of environment that every child deserves to grow up in.

  • Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. annually. Of the 3.5 million children who were reported to child protective services for maltreatment in 2017, an estimated 674,000 children were determined to be victims of abuse and/or neglect.
  • Neglect is the most common form of maltreatment. Of the children who experienced maltreatment or abuse, three-quarters suffered neglect; 17.2% suffered physical abuse; and 8.4% suffered sexual abuse. 

Closer to Home

Twelve counties have rates of unemployment that exceed the state average of 9.2%

Our area has lost more than 5,000 licensed childcare spaces since 2012.

Ten counties have rates of children removed from their homes due to parental substance use/abuse greater than the state rate of 33%.

Over half of the children in 16 counties live in poverty.