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The Problem

LA County had 137,418 vetted child abuse cases in the last 12 months. 30-35 children die of child abuse in LA County each year.

Child maltreatment has been linked to:

Behavioral Problems

  • Aggression
  • Delinquency
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Antisocial Behavior

Mental Health Problems
As many as 80% of young adults who have been abused, meet the diagnostic criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder at age 211 including:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicide

Physical and Other Health Problems

  • Teenage Pregnancy
  • Intimate Partner Violence

Studies have found abused and neglected children to be at least 25% more likely to experience problems such as delinquency, teen pregnancy and low academic achievement.2

A National Institute of Justice study indicated that being abused or neglected as a child increased the likelihood of arrest as a juvenile by 59%. Abuse and neglect also increased the likelihood of adult violent crime by 30%.3

This CDC study found these negative effects over a survivor’s lifetime generate many costs that impact the nation’s health care, education, criminal justice and welfare systems.

The lifetime cost to taxpayers for each case of child maltreatment, for children who live is $210,000. For children who die, it is over 1.2 million dollars per child.

Total cost per year to LA County taxpayers is $2.9MM per year for children who live and a total of $41.3MM including children who die.
The Solution

According to the CDC Division of Violence prevention’s technical package for policy to prevent child abuse and neglect, improving parenting skills is key. Through giving parents and caregivers support and knowledge for behavior management and positive parenting skills, we can build strong, safe families that protect children from violence and it’s long term consequences.4,5

The potential outcomes:

  • Reductions in child abuse and neglect perpetration
  • Reductions in risk factors for child abuse and neglect (e.g., parental substance use, criminal involvement, timing of subsequent births, child behavioral problems)
  • Improved parent-child interactions (e.g., increase nurturing)
  • Improved parenting behaviors (e.g., child behavior management), including reductions in use of harsh verbal and physical discipline
  • Improved violence prevention-related knowledge, behaviors and beliefs
  • Fewer emergency room visits and hospital stays
  • Reductions in use of welfare
  • Reductions in criminal behavior
  • Reductions in youth substance use and arrests

Evidence5
Parenting skill training approaches have consistently demonstrated positive effects in preventing child abuse and neglect.

In other research, significantly lower instances of spanking and hitting children with objects were observed among those who received the training when compared to a group who did not receive the training.

How We Can Help

Your Village classes are the perfect solution to support parents, through both prevention programs and as a training program for parents and caregivers, who have been accused and/or charged with child abuse and neglect to get and keep these families on a better path.

We offer:

  • Convenience – 24/7 access to over 40+ classes
  • Accountability – Quizzes, tests, certifications upon completion of classes/programs
  • Flexibility – Any number of programs and classes can be packaged to meet different needs: classes for parents of kids of all ages, development, discipline, anger management & skill building
  • Support – Additional support through hotline can be included

 

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1. Silverman AB, Reinherz HZ, Giaconia RM. The long-term sequelae of child and adolescent abuse: a longitudinal community study. Child Abuse Negl. 1996;20(8):709–723.
2. Kelley BT, Thornberry TP, Smith CA. In the wake of childhood maltreatment. 1997. Washington (DC): National Institute of Justice.
3. Widom C S, Maxfield MG. An update on the “cycle of violence.” Washington (DC): National Institute of Justice; 2001. Available from: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/184894.pdf.
4. Knox, M. S., Burkhart, K., & Hunter, K. E. (2011). ACT Against Violence Parents Raising Safe Kids program: Effects on maltreatment-related parenting behaviors and beliefs. Journal of Family Issues, 32, 55-74.
5. Portwood, S. G., Lambert, R. G., Abrams, L. P., & Nelson, E. B. (2011). An evaluation of the Adults and Children Together (ACT) Against Violence Parents Raising Safe Kids program. Journal of Primary Prevention, 32, 147-160.