The impact of abuse or neglect on children can be profound. The consequences can affect physical, cognitive, psychological and behavioral development for these children, carrying over into adolescence and even adulthood (Office of Child Abuse and Neglect).

Guilford County statistics on abused/neglected children

  • During the 2017 fiscal year, the Department of Health and Human Services received 5,171 Child Protective Services reports involving the alleged maltreatment of more than 10,000 children. (https://www.guilfordcountync.gov/Home/Components/News/News/182/).
  • Child abuse cuts across all socio-economic groups, race, and religion (Family Service of the Piedmont).
  • Most people who abuse or neglect their children are ordinary people whose stressors overwhelm their coping skills (Family Service of the Piedmont).
  • Substance abuse, lack of knowledge of child development, single parenting, isolation, poverty, a history of domestic violence, and many other factors may contribute to the likelihood that a child will be abused (Family Service of the Piedmont).
  • Children who are abused are at a higher risk for crime, substance abuse, dropping out, teen pregnancy and a host of other social ills (Family Service of the Piedmont).

Guilford County statistics on foster care

  • As of September 30, 2016 there are currently 528 children in foster care in Guilford County (http://fosteringcourtimprovement.org/nc/County/Guilford/).
  • Children in foster care face many uncertainties and challenges. The experiences they have will have lasting influences on them. Depending on the setting in which children are living during their foster care experience (ex: kinship or relative’s home, family foster homes, group or residential care), a lack of trust, failure to attach and lower academic achievement may be among the difficulties they face (GlobalPost Article).

Guilford County statistics on homelessness

  • During the 2019-2020 school year, Guilford County Schools reported that at least 2,118 students in the school system experienced homelessness (https://www.gcsnc.com/Page/42407)
  • Children experiencing homelessness exhibit higher rates of chronic and acute physical and mental health problems. Among school aged homeless children, 39% have mental health problems, compared to housed children of the same age (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC28492/)

Guilford County statistics of refugee children

  • Guilford County becomes home to an average of nearly 700 new refugees each year (North Carolina African Services Coalition)
  • The term “refugee” refers to a very specific population of individuals who are fleeing their home country (usually due to conflict in their homeland) and have applied for legal “refugee status” within a country.

North Carolina statistics on children impacted by abuse/neglect, foster care and homelessness

National statistics on children impacted by abuse/neglect, foster care and homelessness