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Child Abuse and Neglect
Child abuse and neglect
The Significance of Child Maltreatment

Child maltreatment is a significant problem in the United States. Each year, approximately 2.6 million youths are referred to child protective services for suspected maltreatment. After review and investigation, almost 900,000 of these reported cases are substantiated. These statistics indicate that approximately 1.3% of children and adolescents are abused or neglected in the United States every year. However, this estimate does not include the vast number of maltreated youths who are never reported.

Child maltreatment places considerable financial demands on society. Most obvious are the direct financial costs associated with child maltreatment: the cost of providing medical, mental health, and home placement services to victims; the cost of providing training and rehabilitative services to offending ...

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