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August/September 2002Vol. 3, No. 7Child Maltreatment 2000 Soon to be Released

Child Maltreatment 2000, the eleventh annual Federal publication of child abuse and neglect data, is soon to be released by the Children's Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This publication presents data reported by State child welfare agencies to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). Data are reported for child maltreatment victims and perpetrators, fatalities, and preventive and protective services. Some of the key findings include:

  • An estimated 879,000 children were victims of child maltreatment throughout the United States in 2000.
  • Three million referrals concerning approximately five million children were made to CPS agencies.
  • Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of the victims suffered neglect, 19 percent suffered physical abuse, 10 percent suffered sexual abuse, and 17 percent of victims experienced other forms of maltreatment.
  • Nationally, an estimated 1,200 children died from abuse or neglect.

This report provides invaluable information to policy makers, practitioners, researchers, advocates, the media, and others concerned about child abuse and neglect. The report will be available online at, and copies of the report can be requested from the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information at 800-FYI-3366 or