The National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths was formed to launch a campaign urging Congress and the Administration to address the deaths in America of innocent children—nearly five-- every day from abuse and neglect. In fact, federal data show that 10,440 children in the U.S. died from abuse and neglect between 2001 and 2007, but experts say the real number may be as many as 5,000 higher.
In January 2013, Congress passed the Protect Our Kids Act, a major milestone in the Coalition’s work to address child fatalities. The act creates a bi-partisan, two-year Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities consisting of 12 members appointed by the President and congressional leaders. The commission will work together to evaluate current programs and prevention efforts, and recommend a comprehensive national strategy to reduce and prevent child abuse and neglect fatalities.
We’ll keep you apprised of Commission findings.