Facts About Child Abuse & Neglect

In 2013, an estimated 1,520 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States.

2014 Minnesota Abuse & Neglect Statistics

In 2014, there were 72,022 child maltreatment reports recorded. Minnesota county agencies and the Leech Lake and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe accepted 20,167 reports of maltreatment involving 28,716 children. Seventy-seven percent of alleged offenders were the biological parents.

There were 19 deaths determined to be a result of maltreatment in 2014; 10 victims had been known to child protection at some point prior to their death.

American Indian and African-American/black children had the highest rates of contact with the child protection system. They were 5.5 and 3 times more likely to be reported as abused or neglected than were white children, respectively.

Source: Minnesota's Child Welfare Report 2014
Children and Family Services Administration
Minnesota Department of Human Services

2013 National Abuse Statistics

  • An estimated 679,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect (unique instances).
  • 47 states reported approximately 3.1 million children received preventative services from Child Protection Services agencies in the United States.
  • Of the children who experienced maltreatment or abuse, nearly 80% suffered neglect; 18% suffered physical abuse; and 9% suffered sexual abuse.
  • Just under 80% of reported child fatalities as a result of abuse and neglect were caused by one or more of the child victim's parents.

Source: National Children's Alliance

Additional Resources:

Child Help USA
Children and Family Services Administration
US Department of Heath & Human Services - Children's Bureau

Minnesota's Child Protection
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Minnesota Social Service Agencies by County

Facts About Foster Care

According to the Kids Count Data Center, there were 414,699 children in foster care in 2014; 6,324 of them were in Minnesota.