Child Abuse and Neglect
As some of the most vulnerable in our society, children are worthy of growing up in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment. Unfortunately, millions of young people are abused, ignored, and mistreated by the adults responsible to create that positive environment.
Child abuse is acts that result in serious harm or risk of harm, including physical violence, exploitation, and death. Failure to take action to stop the harm is also considered child abuse.
Child neglect is the failure to provide a child’s basic needs that range from providing clean clothing to medical care.
In the United States, child protective services referrals involve 7.2 million children each year.