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Child Abuse—a small glance at a national problem

In 2012, Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies received an estimated 3.4 million allegations of abuse; 678,810 children involved in allegations were confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect.

Of the confirmed victims:

  • 78.3 percent of victims were neglected, 18.3 percent were physically abused, and 9.3 percent were sexually abused.
  • 81.5 percent of victims were maltreated by one or both parent(s). 12 percent of victims were maltreated by a perpetrator who was not the child’s parent.
  • A nationally estimated 1,640 children died of  abuse and neglect.
  • The youngest children are the most vulnerable to maltreatment. In 2012, 46.8 percent of victims were younger than 5 years.
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau

 

Foster care—victims of child abuse removed from
their families

National Figures

In the 2010 fiscal year, a total of 662,000 children were in foster care.

  • On average, children in foster care experience over 3 placement changes per stay in foster care.
  • While in care, 65 percent of foster youth experience 7 or more school changes (K -12).
  • Of the children in foster care, 50 percent have chronic medical problems.
  • An estimated 70 percent of children in foster care have siblings who are also brought into foster care; when children are taken from their parents, they are often separated from their siblings removing any semblance of normalcy
Source: Casey Family Programs 

Local Figures

In Miami-Dade County, there are over 3,000 youth in foster care.

  • Approximately, 55 percent of our foster youth are of African American heritage, 36.5 percent are of Hispanic heritage, 1 percent are White, non-Hispanic, and 7.5 percent are multicultural or of other ethnicities.
  • Almost 50 percent of the children are 0-5 years old.
  • 5 percent of youth are age 18 or older and will soon age out of the system
Source: Our Kids of Miami-Dade/ Monroe Inc.

 

Aging out—when foster youth become legal adults without a permanent family

Nationally, 28,000 foster youth aged out without a permanent family in 2010.

  • 22 percent of foster care alumni have been homeless for one day or more after aging out.
  • 70 percent of aged out youth plan to attend college, yet only three percent of foster care alumni complete a bachelor’s degree by the age of 25.
  • 48 percent of foster care alumni were unemployed at age 21.
  • 25 percent of foster care alumni suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, a rate similar to that of U.S war veterans.
Source: Casey Family Programs 

In Miami-Dade County alone, 125 youth will age out this year, but you can help.

Foster youth with a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteer have better outcomes. Be part of the solution, BE A VOICE and donate today or learn how you can become a GAL volunteer.

Source: Our Kids of Miami-Dade/ Monroe Inc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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