Where will we get the resources to pay for the exponential increase in child services that we are going to be needing?
The system is already overburdened. Prepared parents are few already. Child maltreatment statistics are extremely underreported.
- FACT. At least 1 in 7 children in the US has experienced child abuse and/or neglect in the past year.
- FACT. Neglect is the most common form of child abuse, followed by physical abuse, sexual abuse, and psychological abuse.
- FACT. Adult survivors of childhood abuse are more likely to experience mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.
- FACT. Adult survivors of childhood abuse are more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors like smoking, alcohol and drug use, and unsafe sex. They’re also more likely to have overall lower physical health than those who haven’t experienced childhood abuse.
- FACT. Children younger than one year old are the most vulnerable to maltreatment, accounting for almost half of child fatalities from abuse in 2018-2020. The perpetrator over 75% of the time is a biological parent.
What’s the plan to help parents parent?