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Child Abuse/Neglect Statistics for Fiscal Year 2009

(Texas Department of Family and Protective Services-CPS)

  • Child Population:
    Texas: 6,510,210    Harris County: 1,070,831

  • Number of Child Abuse and Neglect Reports:
    Texas:  213,332     Harris County: 25,428

  • Number of alleged child victims of abuse:
    Texas:   283,922      Harris County: 34,277

  • Completed Investigations of Child Abuse/Neglect
    Texas: 165,444       Harris County: 20,671

  • Confirmed Findings of child abuse/neglect:
    Texas:  24.3%          Harris County: 20.4%

  • Child Abuse Related Fatalities
    Texas: 280         Harris County: 67

  • Children in Foster Care at the End of the Fiscal Year 
    Texas: 19,992          Harris County: 4,962

  • Number of children adopted
    Texas: 4,859           Harris County: 933
  • Other Significant Statistics on child abuse/neglect cases:
    -Most Common...
     ...Person Reporting = School Personnel
     ...Allegation = Neglectful Supervision
     ...Confirmed Perpetrator of Abuse Neglect = Parent (78%), Female (57%), Age 26-35 (38%), and Married (29%)
     ...Characteristics of Confirmed Victim = 1-3 years (25%) and Female (52%)

For up to the minute statistics every day, visit Prevent Child Abuse Texas at:  http://www.preventchildabusetexas.org/abusefacts.html

Breakdown of Types of Abuse/Neglect of Alleged Child Victims in Harris County:

41.8% = Neglectful Supervision
27.9% = Physical Abuse
11.7% = Sexual Abuse
10.7% = Physical Neglect
5.0% = Medical Neglect
2.2% = Emotional/Verbal Abuse
0.6% = Refusal to Assume Parental Responsibility
0.2% = Abandonment

Important Links

Child Advocates Inc. (CASA)  www.childadvocates.org

Children’s Assessment Center    www.cachouston.org

Children’s Court Services—Houston Area Women’s Center  www.hawc.org

Crime Victims' Institue  www.criimevictimsinstitute.org

DePelchin Children’s Center   www.depelchin.org 

ESCAPE Family Resource Center  www.learntoparent.org

Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults   www.hc-ps.org

One With Courage Campaign  www.onewithcourage.org

Report Abuse on a secure website    www.txabusehotline.org

Crime Victims Compensation (Texas Attorney General’s Office)    www.oag.state.tx.us/victims/about_comp.shtml

Texas Children’s Hospital   www.texaschildrens.org

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services   www.dfps.state.tx.us