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Trends: Child Maltreatment

This table shows the rate of substantiated or indicated reports of child maltreatment victims per 1,000 children as voluntarily reported by each state (Child Maltreatment 2008). You may also want to compare data to the national median, which is a comparison that is made in the federal Child Maltreatment Report from which the data are derived.  State comparisons are not presented given the significant differences in state definitions of maltreatment and substantiation procedures.

  • United States
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virgin Islands
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
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Foster Care and Adoption Levels The data are showing good signs but change is slight.  Entries into foster care declined from an estimated 295,000 in FY2002 to an estimated 275,000 in FY2008 while the number of adoptions from foster care increased from 51,000 to 55,000 over that same time period.  For a more detailed discussion of the data and information on each of the 50 states, see Adoption and Foster Care Statistics .