More than 694,000 children each year in America are abused or neglected, one every 45 seconds. Nearly forty percent of these children get no services at all after the initial investigation. Each year, approximately 650,000 children spend time in foster care.
The annual total direct and indirect costs of child maltreatment is $80.3 billion. Children left with no permanent family connections or a connection with a caring adult have no one to whom they can turn for social, emotional or financial support and face numerous barriers as they struggle to become self-sufficient adults.
We must expand prevention and specialized treatment services for children and their parents, connect children to caring permanent families, improve the quality of the child welfare workforce and increase accountability for results for children.