Research Papers

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention: A Qualitative Examination of Missouri’s Strengthening Families Initiative

Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri | June, 30 , 2008
Sheila J. Brookes | Download (73)
According to a recent report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one in 50 infants in the U.S. is a victim of abuse or neglect. Furthermore, annually, almost one million U.S. children are confirmed victims of child maltreatment, while almost three million children are reported to authorities for abuse or neglect annually (CDC, 2008). These shocking numbers do not include the many victims whose maltreatment goes unreported. If the cost to individual lives being traumatized is not dreadful enough, consider the financial costs to the U.S. It is conservatively estimated that child maltreatment costs the United States $103.8 billion annually (Wang & Holton, 2007).


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