Strengthen Child Welfare Service Delivery to Enhance Child and Family Well-Being

Social workers play a critical role in child welfare systems nationwide by protecting the well-being of children, youths, and supporting families in need. In fiscal year 2014, an estimated 702,000 children were found to have experienced maltreatment, with children under the age of one being the most likely to have been maltreated. Of the children and youths who were abused or neglected, an estimated 147,462 received foster care services1 There were a total of 415,129 children and youths in foster care and 18,934 young people who aged out of foster care in fiscal year 20142 Furthermore, it is estimated that 1,580 children die each year due to child abuse and neglect, and most experts report that this number may be much higher.3 Ensuring that the needs of children who experience or who are at risk for maltreatment are addressed is critical as the impact of adverse childhood experiences cascades throughout the lifetime. These experiences can result in higher risks for health and mental health issues, and adverse economic and employment outcomes4

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