› 5 Iowa children died as a result of child abuse and neglect
› 14,051 Iowa children were confirmed abused and/or neglected
The number of children abused and neglected in Iowa would fill over 42 elementary, middle, and high schools.
Iowa can do better.
Unfortunately, whether or not children who are abused or neglected receive protection is largely an accident of geography.
Although not the entire story, state spending on child abuse prevention, protection and treatment is indicative of a state's commitment and ability to deal with the issue of child abuse and neglect at all levels. In 2006, Iowa spent $489.59 in federal and state funding per child to address child abuse and neglect.
The single best predictor of child abuse and neglect is poverty. One study found that a child living in a family with an annual income of $15,000 or less is 22 times more likely to be abused than one living in a family with an income of $30,000 or more. In 2007, according to the national publication Kids Count, Iowa ranked 14th out of 50 states with 14% of children 18 and under living in poverty (poverty is defined as a household of four that earns $20,000 or less). 6% of the state's children live in extreme poverty, defined as a household of four earning $10,000 a year or less. These numbers are sure to rise as a result of the nation's current economic crisis. (www.kidscount.org)
Like the majority of states, Iowa is facing a severe budget shortfall for 2010. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities puts the figure at $779 million or 13.2% of the state's FY2010 total budget. Iowa was forced to deal with a $484 million budget gap this year; as a result, the state was forced to use approximately half of its rainy day funds to bridge that gap, setting the stage for more severe budget cuts when those monies are exhausted.
Resources for Iowa Advocates
Iowa Child Abuse Hotline
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