The nation’s child protection system is stretched too thin. From 2001-2007, 10,440 children died at the hands of their caretakers. In fact, there was a 35 percent increase in child maltreatment deaths during 2001-2007. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the many who have worked countless hours addressing child maltreatment, the U.S. continues to fall short of protecting its youngest citizens. The federal government needs to act.
NASW and its partners-Every Child Matters, the National Children’s Alliance, and the National District Attorney’s Association-are placing ads in prominent Washington political papers today and tomorrow imploring Congress to stop these deaths. For more information on the campaign visit here.
Social workers know a great deal about preventing abuse and neglect and related fatalities. When provided with support services (that are adequately funded) and appropriate supervision, the vast majority of potentially abusive and neglectful parents can learn to safely care for their children and families.
Please contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to hold public hearings on child abuse fatalities, provide emergency funds to stop state cuts to child welfare services, and adopt a national strategy to end child abuse fatalities.