Report: Five Children Die Each Day From Abuse or Neglect

The report notes that inadequate state resources leaves many states stretched too thin and unable to provide protection to all of the children in need. "When it comes to the investments we're talking about, against our great wealth, it's such [a] small, small sums of money. Three, 4 or 5 billion dollars. Compare that to the bailout of world's biggest banks. If the United States is able to bailout America's banks, it ought to be able to bailout America's children and families," said Every Child Matters President Michael Petit.

The report found a nearly 13-fold difference between the amounts that states spend per person to counter child abuse and neglect. Thirteen states spent less than $50 per person to address issues of abuse, while top states invested close to three times that amount. Rhode Island spends the most at $181 per person.

Poor funding adds additional stress to advocacy programs and increases the case loads of social workers tasked with helping children in high-risk situations.

"Too often, large case loads and unsupportive work environments lead to high employee turnover, hindering attainment of key safety and permanency outcomes for children," explained Rebecca Myers of the National Association of Social Workers. "We owe these workers the resources and the working conditions that create successful outcomes. We must do better."

Celebrities Speak Out Against Child Abuse

Lawmakers and advocates were joined by celebrities from the cast of "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." "Through the drama and the acting, I have a real empathy for these real-life people that these characters are drawn from," said B.D. Wong, who plays forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Huang. "[The violence] goes much further than people think it does and it behooves us all as a community and a nation to investigate this important topic and to do something about it."

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 8883519. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 8883519. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 8883519. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 8883519.
Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Left, Sabrina Allen, 4, is shown in this photo provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; right, Sabrina Allen, 17, is seen in this undated handout photo.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children|Courtesy of PI Phillip Klein
Kelly Ripa
Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library
PHOTO: Earths moon is pictured as observed in visible light, left, topography, center, and the GRAIL gravity gradients, right.
NASA/GSFC/JPL/Colorado School of Mines/MIT
PHOTO: A long-distance bus station is filled with passengers at the start of Golden Week on Oct. 1, 2014 in Zhengzhou, China.
ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images