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The number of child fatalities attributed to abuse or neglect decreased in 2017 after several years of that number increasing nationally.
But the number of victims and deaths is still higher than it was five years ago, the Administration for Children and Families’ most recent report says.
The report says the number of referrals made to Child Protection Services for investigative response increased by around 15 percent from 2013 to 2017.
When states submitted their data to the study, they reported increased use of alternative response programs and changes in state legislation about child welfare practices, which can influence how data is collected.
The report says Indiana has the second highest child abuse rate in the nation, behind Kentucky. In 2013, 116,986 Indiana children received an investigation or alternative response for potential neglect or abuse. By 2017, that number increased by almost 50,000.
Incidents of child abuse increased by about 34 percent from 2013 to 2017.
Court Appointed Special Advocates is a national association that facilitates providing abused and neglected children with a court advocate. For the first time in years, Monroe County CASA has enough volunteers to pair each volunteer with just one child.
Join us this week as we discuss child welfare nationally and in the state.
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Kristin Bishay, Monroe County CASA Executive Director
Lorraine Farrell, CASA Advocate
Judge Francis Hill, Founder of Monroe County CASA
Rachelle Steele, Associate Vice President for Children’s Bureau, Inc.