by Jon Sanders
Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
An AP investigative report is the latest to warn of the “ongoing child abuse crisis as cases plummet.”
An Associated Press analysis of state data reveals that the coronavirus pandemic has ripped away several systemic safety nets for millions of Americans — many of them children like Ava. It found that child abuse reports, investigations, substantiated allegations and interventions have dropped at a staggering rate, increasing risks for the most vulnerable of families in the U.S.
In the AP’s analysis, it found more than 400,000 fewer child welfare concerns reported during the pandemic and 200,000 fewer child abuse and neglect investigations and assessments compared with the same time period of 2019. That represents a national total decrease of 18% in both total reports and investigations.
Not every state provided data for the AP report:
The AP requested public records from all 50 state child welfare agencies and analyzed more than a dozen indicators in 36 states, though not every state supplied data for total reports or investigations.
Atop this post is the state-by-state graph from the AP report, for those who might have been wondering if the Cooper administration chose to participate in providing data.