According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 11,289 of Louisiana’s 1.1 million children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2016. How many children is that? Considering Louisiana’s average elementary class has 19 children, the number of victims in 2016 alone could fill more than 594 classrooms. Also in 2016, Louisiana recorded 41 fatalities attributed to child abuse and neglect, enough children to fill more than two elementary school classrooms.
Preventing child abuse and neglect has a direct impact on improving the public health and quality of life of our children and families, as well as our state’s economy. Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana offers programs that include intensive, evidence-based parenting support services, training for professionals and community-based education.