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
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).
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/)
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
The number of children reported for abuse and neglect was 102,718 during the July 2018 to June 2019 time frame (Prevent Child Abuse NC)