Child Abuse in Texas
- 718 daily reports of child abuse, or 30 per hour.
- 280 children perish annually due to abuse or neglect.
- Texas children die at the highest rates, per capita, in the country.
- Child Protective Services (CPS) handled over 4,695 child abuse reports in Collin County in 2009.
- Parents, other relatives, or a parent’s partner account for more than 95% of all perpetrators in Texas CPS cases.
- Between 2000 and 2009, the Collin County child population increased 81% to; during that same time period, the number of children confirmed as abuse victims increased 152%.
- Since opening in 1992, Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County (CACCC) served over 35,000 children.
- During CACCC’s last fiscal year, July 1, 2010 – June, 2011, there were:
- 4,148 referrals (allegations of child abuse)
- 10,774 therapy services
- 6,005 community resource services provided
- 1,178 children who benefitted from CACCC’s Rainbow Room
- 763 forensic interviews conducted
- 94 sexual assault nurse examinations conducted on site
Despite the proven efficacy and the relative inexpense of child abuse prevention programs and services, Texas devotes a minimal investment to prevention and early intervention.