Statistics related to the incidence of child abuse can be overwhelming. Some health care professionals refer to child abuse as a national epidemic. Studies estimate that as many as one in three girls and one in six boys will experience some form of child abuse by the time they reach the age of 18.
TOTAL CHILDREN SERVED BY CARES NORTHWEST in 2012: 4798
Children receiving outpatient assessment services at CARES Northwest: 1380
Children receiving inpatient consults at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel: 145
Children receiving social work consults at the Children’s Emergency Department at Randall Children’s Hospital: 260
Children referred to other resources: 948
CARES Northwest intake counselors determine the most appropriate follow-up for every referral call. If an assessment isn’t warranted, families may be referred to primary care providers, counseling resources, or community partners.
Children attending Child Abuse Prevention Team programs: 1911
Of the 1380 children receiving outpatient assessment services at CARES Northwest:
- An average of 115 were served each month
- An average of 6 were served each day
- Gender: 65% girls and 35% boys
|Elementary school (5-12)||41%|
Referral concerns (alone or with other concerns – total exceeds 100%)**
|Witness to violence||9%|
|Non abuse/second medical opinion||1%|
**Most often, children evaluated for concerns of neglect are evaluated for other types of abuse as well.
For more information, contact CARES Northwest at (503) 276-9000.