U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau – 2012
A report on child maltreatment in the United States, based on data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). Summarizes statistics on CPS referrals, reports, and responses. Includes a chapter on child victims containing data on total numbers, demographics, maltreatment types, risk factors, and perpetrator relationship. Reports that the youngest children had the highest rates of victimization, with over 78% of all child victims suffering from neglect. Maltreatment types characterized as “other” include parental drug or alcohol abuse. Data on caregiver risk factors shows that approximately 10% of victims had reports with parental alcohol abuse and nearly 19% of victims had reports with caregiver drug abuse as risk factors. Chapter on child fatalities reports that over 5% of child fatalities were exposed to caregiver alcohol abuse and nearly 13% of child fatalities were exposed to caregiver drug abuse. Chapter on perpetrators reports that over 80% of perpetrators were parents. Includes a chapter on services and a chapter on research and programs related to the understanding and prevention of child maltreatment. Report contains additional information such as detailed data tables, definitions, and commentary for each state in alphabetical order.