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April 2009Vol. 10, No. 3HHS Releases 2007 Statistics on Child Abuse and Neglect

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released Child Maltreatment 2007, an annual report of data collected from the States' child protective services (CPS) agencies via the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. The report provides national and State statistics on topics that include reports of abuse and neglect, child characteristics, fatalities, perpetrators, and services provided to children and families.

According to the new report:

  • An estimated 794,000 children were found to be victims of abuse or neglect in fiscal year 2007, representing a rate of 10.6 per 1,000 children in the population. This number shows a decline from 2006, when 904,000 children were found to be victims of maltreatment.
  • An estimated 3.2 million referrals were made to CPS agencies in 2007, involving the alleged maltreatment of approximately 5.8 million children.
  • Agencies screened in 61.7 percent of the referrals for investigation or assessment; as a result, at least one child was found to be a victim of abuse or neglect in 25.2 percent of those investigations or assessments.
  • Of the children who were abused or neglected in 2007, 59.0 percent experienced neglect, 10.8 percent were physically abused, 7.6 percent were sexually abused, and 4.2 percent were emotionally or psychologically maltreated. Approximately 13.1 percent were victims of multiple maltreatments.
  • Children in the age group of birth to 1 year had the highest rate of victimization at 21.9 per 1,000 children of the same age group in the national population.
  • An estimated 1,760 children died from abuse or neglect, reflecting a rate of 2.35 deaths per 100,000 children.
  • An estimated 62.1 percent of victims and 31.2 percent of nonvictims received services, and 20.7 percent of victims and 3.8 percent of nonvictims were placed in foster care.

To download the full report on national and State statistics, visit the Children's Bureau website:

To read the Administration for Children and Families' press release, visit: