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ERIC Number: ED538795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Child Abuse and Neglect. Data Snapshot
DC Action for Children
The number of substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in the District rose by 27 percent in FY 2009. This dramatic spike came after two consecutive years of decline in the number of substantiated cases reported the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA). In FY 2010, the number of closed, substantiated cases dropped back down to 1,691, more in line with the levels from FY 2005-2008, but still slightly higher than in FY 2008. The rate of child abuse and neglect in D.C.--16.8 per 1,000 children in 2010--was higher than the rate of much larger metropolitan areas. In 2009, Cook County, Ill. (Chicago), had a rate of 5.8, Dallas County, Texas, had a rate of 8.9, and 2010 Los Angeles County and Riverside County, California, had rates of 10.9 and 11.8, respectively. Rates in D.C. are likely higher due to a combination of risk factors, including high levels of poverty, unemployment, single parent households and substance abuse. The District's child poverty rate was at 29 percent in 2009, compared to the 20 percent national child poverty rate. D.C. families were also hit hard by the recession, and unemployment remains in the double-digits in many parts of the city. In 2008, 41 percent of children in the District were in households without secure parental employment. By 2009, that figure had risen to 44 percent. In 2010, 15 percent of children in D.C. had at least one unemployed parent, compared to 11 percent of all children nationally. Research has shown that recessions have a lag effect on child well-being. The most recent recession officially ended in June 2009, but it may take the most vulnerable families longer to recover. The effects of hardships on children may last for years or a lifetime. (Contains 2 figures, 1 box, and 15 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: DC Action for Children
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia