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Facts and Figures about Child Abuse and Foster Care

  • Child Abuse is the 3rd cause of death of American children under the age of 4.[1]
  • 79% of the children killed as a result of abuse are younger than 4 years old.
  • On average, 5 children die each day as a result of child abuse (childhelp.org, childabuse.com, connectforkids.org)
  • Every 10 seconds a child abuse report is placed.
  • About 70,000 calls of suspected abuse come into San Diego’s Child Abuse Hotline each year.
  • Children ages 0-3 are the most likely to experience abuse.
  • 25 percent of all children entering the foster cares system are infants
  • San Diego County has a child abuse rate of 12.8 per 1,000, higher than state averages.[2]
  • State funding only partially covers the costs of basic care for foster kids.

To learn more visit the Facts & Figures page of this website.