A new report released today by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) found that children from low-income families and communities were at higher risk of abuse and exploitation, and that those who received Medicaid care were far more likely to suffer abuse or neglect.
The report, entitled Child Abuse and Neglect: A Global Perspective, was released today at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Psychological Association (APA).
The report looked at children who were abused in child welfare facilities across the U.N. and found that a disproportionate number of children who received state or federal assistance were African American, Latino, or Asian.
According to the report, more than half of the children that received assistance were children from families with incomes below the poverty level.
“These findings are particularly concerning for children from impoverished families, who may be at higher or risk of being abused, neglected, or abused by the system,” said Dr. Livia Carranza, lead researcher for the study.
“It is important to recognize that there are many ways to protect children from abuse and trauma and we need to work together to prevent the harm and abuse that we are seeing in these communities.”
The CDC estimates that more than 700,000 children in the United States are in child protection services, yet nearly two-thirds of children in these facilities are African American or Latino.
“The child welfare system in the U!
has been an abysmal failure.
The report found that in 2011, more children were abused than were found dead in state and local child welfare agencies, yet we are spending millions of dollars in state money on the criminalization of families who refuse to be victims.”
The report found a disproportionate rate of abuse of children of color.
According for the report’s findings, black children were almost five times more likely than white children to be sexually abused.
The same was true for Hispanic children, Asian children, and American Indian children.
In addition, more African American and Latino children than white and Asian children reported being sexually abused by their parents or caregivers.
“There is a tremendous need for resources to support the families who are in crisis, but we must recognize that we cannot solve this problem if we do not address the underlying causes of poverty and inequality,” said Sarah Breen, president and CEO of the AAP.
“As we work to increase the effectiveness of state and federal programs that work to address child abuse, we must also work to ensure that we provide a continuum of services and resources that are tailored to the needs of families.”
The AAP has long advocated for a national conversation about child abuse issues, including addressing the root causes of abuse, and today’s report provides an important opportunity to advance that conversation.”””
This report provides important insights into the unique challenges of children and families in these vulnerable communities.
The AAP has long advocated for a national conversation about child abuse issues, including addressing the root causes of abuse, and today’s report provides an important opportunity to advance that conversation.””
Child abuse is an epidemic and we must address it,” said Amber J. Miller, the executive director of the Center for Health and Human Services Policy at the AAP, “but this report offers hope for families in states across the country who are facing challenges with the health of their children.””
This study is just the latest in a long line of national and state research into child abuse,” said Elizabeth W. Naughton, the director of children’s health at the American Association of Pediatrics.
“Our goal is to provide parents and caregivers with the tools to be better advocates, to have a better understanding of what is happening, and to be able to intervene when it is needed.”
The AAP’s Child Abuse Task Force is also pleased with the report.
“We are grateful to the AAP for its efforts to promote the development of state-based child welfare services and programs,” said Lisa F. Stumpf, the group’s director of policy and research.
“We are pleased to see that states have adopted policies and programs that support the safety and well-being of children.”
The study, which looked at data from nearly 3,500 child protection cases across the world, was conducted by the AAP’s Center for Social Justice and Prevention.
It was funded by the AARP Foundation, the AAP Foundation, and the Ullmann Family Foundation.
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