Get the Facts
Child Abuse—a small glance at a national problem
In 2015, Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies received an estimated 3.4 million allegations of abuse; 683,000 children involved in allegations were confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect.
Of the confirmed victims:
- 75.3 % of victims were neglected, 17.2 % were physically abused, and 8.4 percent were sexually abused.
- 91.6 % of victims were maltreated by one or both parent(s). 13.3 % of victims were maltreated by a perpetrator who was not the child’s parent.
- A nationally estimated 1,670 children died of abuse and neglect. A 5.7 % increase from 2011 national estimate 1,580.
- The youngest children are the most vulnerable to maltreatment. In 2012, 27.7 % of victims were younger than 3 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
In the 2015 fiscal year, a total of 427,910 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: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau and Casey Family Programs
Currently in Miami-Dade County, there are approximately 2,600 youth in foster care.
- Approximately, 48 percent of our foster youth are of African American heritage, 32 percent are of Hispanic heritage, 15 percent are White, non-Hispanic, and 2 percent are multicultural or of other ethnicities.
- Approximately 44 percent of the children are 0-5 years old.
- 2 percent of youth are age 18 or older and will soon age out of the system
Source: Guadian ad Litem Program (April 2017)
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