About Abuse & Neglect
The new way to report is to the Statewide Line: 855-422-4453
Call "911" if a child is in imminent danger
Infomation about emotional abuse
Information about child neglect
Information about sexual abuse of children
Statistically, more than 80% of perpetrators of child maltreatment are the child's biological parents. Child abuse and neglect affects over 1 million children every year. Child abuse and neglect costs our nation $220 million every day. There is more child neglect than there is physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse combined. The overwhelming number of child neglect incidents are due to inadequate supervision, followed by inadequate food/clothing/shelter. And a lack of education about parenting expectations contributes to the problem -- like shaken baby syndrome (see video below).
Costs: Prevent Child Abuse America conservatively estimates the cost of child abuse and neglect to the United States at a startling $103.8 billion each year. Direct costs of more than $33 billion include foster care services, hospitalization, mental health treatment, and law enforcement. Indirect costs of over $70 billion include loss of productivity, as well as expenditures related to chronic health problems, special education, and the criminal justice system.
Prevention: Prevention of child abuse is more humane and more cost-effective than treating child abuse victims. However, for each dollar spent by the federal government on treating the victims of abuse and neglect, only one penny is spent on child abuse prevention. Child abuse funding lags woefully behind spending on other public health concerns such as cancer and heart disease.
The Healthy Families and First Steps parent support programs work with first-time parents of newborns to establish healthy, non-abusive parenting practices. PCAA's Healthy Families provides weekly home visits for up to four years to families who have been assessed as at-risk for future abuse; in 2013 several families graduated. Also, Parenting Classes teach improved family communication and non-physical discipline techniques.
Community education provides presentations by staff and volunteers to community groups on child abuse prevention and recognizing/reporting abuse. We rely on those in the community who embrace our beliefs and mission to help us.
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