Priority: Protect Children from Abuse and Neglect and Connect Them to Caring Permanent Families.

The Problem:

More than 670,000 children each year in America are abused or neglected, one every 47 seconds. Nearly forty percent of these children get no services at all after the initial investigation. Each year, approximately 614,000 children spend time in foster care.

Why It Matters:

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.

What Must Be Done:

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.

Learn more about CDF-SRO's work to change policies affecting Child Welfare in the Southern Region.