Strengthening Families & Building Communities
to Protect Children

Child maltreatment impacts the child, their families, our community, and society at large.


The physical, mental, and emotional effects of maltreatment persist long after it has occurred, and result in ongoing costs to many sectors of California: child welfare, education, criminal justice, health care, and the economy. We can’t ignore this and say that the abuse of some else’s child is not our concern. The abuse of any and every child impacts all of us.


This website explains how maltreatment impacts all Californians, with institutional racism causing an over-representation of children of color in the child welfare system; estimates costs in every California county; underscores how communities play a factor in both protecting children and placing them at risk and, provides ways to take action to protect kids, strengthen families, and build communities.

Child Maltreatment in California (2019)

1,042,090

Estimated Survivors, based on national estimates of child abuse prevalence.

475,450

Reported Survivors, or one child every minute.

67,369

Substantiated Survivors, or 184 children each day.

58

Fatalities from child maltreatment.

$26.3 billion - Total economic burden incurred by California communities for the lifetime costs of survivors of child maltreatment in 2019.

2 million - Number of children that could be sent to preschool for that same amount.

Meet Anna

Childhood abuse results in a lifetime of economic effects.

Read one child's story

Impacts in Your County

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Choose one or more counties to see the economic impact of child maltreatment. We will share your region’s estimate and a toolkit that will help you advocate for change below.

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Interested in how we calculate this or the research behind our model? You can download the technical appendix.

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Community Protective & Risk Factors

A variety of environmental factors place children and their families at greater risk for maltreatment. Other community-level factors can help protect children. Understanding these risk and protective factors will help you advocate for solutions that work in your community.

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Take Action

Child maltreatment impacts us all. This website helps us understand the cost of not taking action to prevent abuse.

Each community in California has a unique set of strengths that can help it prevent abuse. We believe that an effective approach to preventing abuse will:

Involve collaboration between nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, and community groups

Bolster individual, family, and community protective factors, particularly for populations placed in high-risk environments

Raise awareness of the devastating personal and economic impact of abuse

Address local risk factors and root causes of child maltreatment

Activate the community to protect every child

Help us prevent abuse before it happens by sharing this report with others in your community.

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