I'm sorry if this is not the right area to post this... if MODS need to move, feel free. I would have posted this in Above the law if there was a
section. Here is an increasingly alarming problem in The US. here are the facts:
Experts cannot agree on a single reason for this increase, but most attribute it to both a population increase and an increase in reporting. Other
factors that are sometimes cited include changing a wider definition of child abuse, increased reporting requirements, states providing more accurate
information, better recording systems, and changes in data collections.
"Child Abuse Statistics in the USA
An estimated 906,000 children are victims of abuse & neglect every year. The rate of victimization is 12.3 children per 1,000 children
Children ages 0-3 are the most likely to experience abuse. About 1 in 50 U.S. infants are victims of nonfatal child abuse or neglect in a year,
according to the first national study of the problem in that age group done by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention along with The Federal
Administration for Children and Families.1
1,500 children die every year from child abuse and neglect. That is just over 4 fatalities every day.
79% of the children killed are younger than 4"
And How many of those get abused in the system? Here's the bare bones:
According to an Associated Press investigation, in nearly half the states, cases take years to come to completion as agencies repeatedly fail to
investigate abuse reports in a timely fashion, find permanent homes for children, or even keep track of those children under their care and
For various reasons, ranging from failure to provide adequate supervision and oversight of workers, to failure to provide safe child care facilities,
22 states and the District of Columbia have been ruled inadequate by the courts and now operate under some form of judicial supervision.
But the reader should not be reassured that such problems are isolated only to those states which have been successfully litigated against. As
Children's Rights Project attorney Marcia Robinson Lowry explained to a Congressional subcommittee: "We have turned down requests from a number of
other states to institute additional lawsuits, solely because of a lack of resources."
A 1986 survey conducted by the National Foster Care Education Project found that foster children were 10 times more likely to be abused than children
among the general population. A follow-up study in 1990 by the same group produced similar results.
The American Civil Liberties Union's Children's Rights Project similarly estimates that a child in the care of the state is ten times more likely to
be abused than one in the care of his parents.
In a legal action brought by the Children's Rights Project against the District of Columbia child welfare system, the United States Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia found that:
because of the appalling manner in which the system is managed, children remain subject to continuing abuse and neglect at the hands of heartless
parents and guardians, even after the DHS has received reports of their predicaments. The court also found that youngsters who have been taken into
the custody of the District's foster-care system languish in inappropriate placements, with scarce hope of returning to their families or being
I find all this repulsive. However bad the problem is, I can't even find any statistics on how many of these children were taken without a valid
reason or how many state workers have falsified reports etc, there is no database for that. Can you say major cover up?
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