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General Statistics



  • From 2000-2009, the number of confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in Livingston County more than quadrupled
  • Cases of child abuse investigations rose from 900 in 2000 to 1,865 in 2010.
  • Confirmed victims of child abuse rose from 68 to 302 from 2000-2010


Michigan Child Abuse Statistics

  • 32,500 confirmed victims of child abuse and/or neglect after forensic investigation of children age infant to 17 in Michigan during 2010
  • 176,021 children are from families where an investigation of alleged child abuse or neglect occurred in Michigan
  • Child abuse and neglect rose 34% statewide from 2000 to 2010
  • 12,291 children ages 0-17 are in out-of-home care due to abuse or neglect in Michigan
  • 5,943 children ages 0-5 are in foster care in Michigan
  • 49% of children who died of child abuse in Michigan in 2005 -2006 were under the age of 1 year old; 44% were under the age of 4
  • 63% of children who died of child neglect in Michigan in 2005 -2006 were under the age of 1 year old; 13% were under the age of 4

Michigan: The Financial Impact of Child Abuse

The Costs of Child Abuse vs. Child Abuse Prevention: Michigan’s Experience*

A state-level analysis of the costs associated with child maltreatment and its consequences was undertaken. These costs were then compared to the costs of providing child maltreatment prevention services to all first time parents.

  • The costs of child abuse were estimated at $823 million annually
  • The costs of prevention programming were estimated at $43 million annually
  • This yields a 19 to 1 advantage for prevention
Robert A. Caldwell, Ph.D., Michigan State University, Michigan Children’s Trust Fund,
LACASA Staff Insight

Why Children Don’t Tell: Sandusky case sheds light on complexities of child sexual abuse

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