The Actual Number of Child Fatalities Is Unknown but Is Believed to Be Much Higher than Official Statistics Well-documented research suggests the number of children who die from abuse and neglect is considerably higher than official government statistics.
Here’s how the federal government defines maltreatment deaths:
“Fatal child abuse may involve repeated abuse over a period of time (e.g., battered child syndrome), or it may involve a single, impulsive incident (e.g., drowning, suffocating, or shaking a baby). In cases of fatal neglect, the child’s death results not from anything the caregiver does, but from a caregiver’s failure to act. The neglect may be chronic (e.g., extended malnourishment) or acute (e.g., an infant who drowns after being left unsupervised in the bathtub).
Using this definition, several peer-reviewed studies conclude that there is a significant under count of child maltreatment deaths. This is mainly due to what some researchers believe to be the improper classification of many maltreatment deaths as “unintentional injury death,” deaths such as those caused by drowning, fire, suffocation, and poisoning. Upon examination of the circumstances underlying such deaths by forensic, medical and maltreatment experts—particularly if conducted by multi-disciplinary teams-the percentage of cases re-classified as maltreatment-related may comprise 50% or more of the unintentional injury deaths attributed to others causes on death certificates. The vast majority of these re-classified deaths are associated with inadequate supervision of children, often rising to the level of neglect.
Lets have a look at the numbers – Child Abuse vs. Combined Military Deaths:
Year (1) Child Abuse vs. (2) Military Deaths
2001 We had 1,300 Child Abuse Fatalities vs. 12 Military Deaths
2002 We had 1,400 Child Abuse Fatalities vs. 49 Military Deaths
2003 We had 1,500 Child Abuse Fatalities vs. 534 Military Deaths
2004 We had 1,490 Child Abuse Fatalities vs. 901 Military Deaths
2005 We had 1,460 Child Abuse Fatalities vs. 945 Military Deaths
2006 We had 1,530 Child Abuse Fatalities vs. 921 Military Deaths
2007 We had 1,760 Child Abuse Fatalities vs. 1,021 Military Deaths
2008 We had 1,740 Child Abuse Fatalities vs. 469 Military Deaths
2009 We had 1,770 Child Abuse Fatalities vs. 466 Military Deaths
2010 We had 1,560 Child Abuse Fatalities vs. 559 Military Deaths
A Total of 15,510 Child Abuse Fatalities and 5,877 Military Deaths.
Battle of the Budget
ECM along with wantmy2cents and anonymousgiving.com believes that greater investments in children’s well-being are essential to keep America competitive and to meet our moral obligation to future generations.
Recent health care reform and nutrition legislation are important advances for children, but we now face an environment in which these gains could be repealed and billions could be cut from successful federal programs. ECM advocates for responsible long-term deficit reduction through a combination of revenue increases and spending cuts that do not harm low-income and vulnerable people.
On Monday February 13th, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal for 2013. While not every federal children’s program is funded at the levels needed, the budget makes substantial new investments in areas supported by ECM. Specifically:
- Early care and learning – The budget supports a deepening investment in the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge to build statewide systems of high-quality early learning and development to close the school readiness gap. The budget includes over $8 billion for Head Start and Early Head Start to serve 962,000 children and families, maintaining the expansion which began in 2009. The Budget provides $300 million in new resources to improve child care quality and prepare children for success in school.
- Child nutrition – The budget provides full funding to support the 9.1 million individuals expected to participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) program. The budget supports continued implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which increases children’s access to healthy meals and snacks.
- Reducing child abuse and neglect – The budget provides $2.5 billion over 10 years in new funding for states that show improvements in measures of child welfare outcomes, including child abuse and neglect. The federal incentives would help states finance innovative services and continuous improvement in foster care.
- Child Poverty – The budget permanently extends expansions of the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide a larger credit to 11.8 million families with 21.3 million children. The expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit is worth up to $600 for families with three or more children, benefiting 5.8 million families with 12.5 million children.
- Children with Disabilities – The budget provides $8 million for the Special Olympics, which aims to increase participation among people with intellectual disabilities in social relationships and other aspects of community life.
- College Affordability – The budget maintains a commitment to the 10 million students who receive Pell Grants by sustaining the $5,635 maximum award. The budget proposes to make the American Opportunity Tax Credit permanent. AOTC helps more than 9 million students and their families afford the cost of college.
The President’s budget proposal now goes to Congress. It represents a good first step, but children need your support if it is to become law. Please contact your Representative and Senators and tell them you support a federal budget that invests in children. This is particularly important in 2012 as Congress must make tough budget choices or every children’s program could be cut by almost 10% next year because of agreements Congress made in 2011. We oppose any effort to cut Head Start, child care, nutrition, or any other program that promotes child well-being. The needs of children are in competition for the same resources with much more powerful forces in the Congress. It is more important than ever to make your voice heard.
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HERE IS OUR OFFICIAL TAKE
Investing in Our Children is Investing in Our Future
Every parent sees endless possibilities and great hope in the eyes of a child. As a nation, when we look at today’s children, we see tomorrow’s leaders — scientists, teachers, doctors and diplomats. But for our children to thrive and America to stay competitive in the 21st-century global economy, we must support their development, their families and the public policies that work for both. The budget put forward by the House majority would move us further in the wrong direction and help to create a lost generation of American youths. We are all in this together because we were once children ourselves. Visit http://www.myanonymousgiving.com and give towards providing safe housing for victim and survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
- DCF Moves To Implement Group’s Child Safety Recs (miami.cbslocal.com)
- Newspaper: Failures by GA agency led to deaths (onlineathens.com)
- Senator: DSS must face questions about child abuse deaths (thestate.com)
- Do You remember little Daniel Pelka? Horrifying cases of neglect lead to surge in helpline calls (childreninshadow.wordpress.com)