According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 12,631 of Louisiana’s 1.1 million children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2015. How many children is that? Considering Louisiana’s average elementary class has 19 children, the number of victims in 2015 alone could fill more than 664 classrooms. Also in 2015, Louisiana recorded 39 fatalities attributed to child abuse and neglect, enough children to nearly fill 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.