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ACEs: How common are they?

How common are ACEs , those Adverse Childhood Experiences that we’ve been
discussing? (See blogs of July 5 and 7) Here are the latest available numbers from
Childhood Maltreatment 2009,a new report from the US Department of Health
and Human Services Children’s Bureau. The numbers are compiled from reports to
state child protective services (CPS) agencies.  

Children reported to be maltreated in 2009
6,000,000 Compare to other leading causes of injury: 250,000 auto accidents;
116,600 fire/burn injuries 

Children who were subjects of one or more CPS investigations:                                                                    

Age group with highest rate of maltreatment:                 
Birth to 1 year

Most common form of maltreatment:                                 
Neglect (78.3%)

Deaths in 2009 from abuse or neglect:                                  

Reports by professionals as part of their job:                  
3,498,000 (58.3%)

Reports by social services staff:                                    
684,000 (11.4%)

Beginnings Parents Guide emphasizes that effective parenting is a learned skill,
that parenting is stressful, and that asking for help is good self-care and good
parenting. You will find stress management strategies for both parent and child
throughout the Guide

Home visitors’ favorite pages:                                                     
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102-3Are you and your child safe at home?

Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2011). Child Maltreatment 2009:
Summary of key findings. Washington DC. US Dept of Health and Human Services,
Children’s Bureau.  The full report is available on the Children’s Bureau website:
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