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Children's Safety

Our Goal: Ensuring our children are safe and well

The Children’s Advocacy Alliance is committed to ensuring that all children live in safe and nurturing environments, free from abuse, neglect, violence and other hazards.

 

To ensure the safety and well-being of our children, and their families, the Children’s Advocacy Alliance supports:
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    Prevention programs and interventions that reduce the need for child welfare and juvenile justice engagement.

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    Improving programs and practice necessary to support children and families involved in child welfare or juvenile justice.

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    Policies that protect children from violence, abuse, injury or death within their homes and communities.

Overall Grade

D+

The Problem

Child abuse and neglect costs United States taxpayers approximately $103.8 billion each year, with a mere 25 percent of these costs attributable to child welfare services themselves. The remaining 75 percent of costs ($70.7 billion) consists of indirect costs to society and involvement with other social services systems, such as the health care and criminal justice systems. Child abuse and neglect costs each Nevada household roughly $95, for a statewide total of $79 million, every year.

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The Solution

To ensure the safety and well-being of our children, and their families, the Children’s Advocacy Alliance is working to:

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    Engage a broad, diverse and deep coalition of community members in identifying and developing a shared vision for child and family wellbeing in our community.

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    Collect data and conduct research on best practices to develop a comprehensive system for preventing child abuse and neglect and providing necessary care and services for children and families in the system.

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    Revise and update laws affecting child welfare to ensure that they are consistent with federal laws and to ensure the appropriate level of services for children and families in the system.

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    Ensure that appropriate services are available to ensure the safety and well-being of youth and young adults who are involved in sex trafficking in our State.

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    Review and revise the funding structure in Nevada that supports prevention services for children and families at risk of becoming involved with child welfare and for those who are currently involved with child welfare.

2007 Annual Estimated Costs of U.S. Child Abuse & Neglect

DIRECT COSTS ESTIMATED ANNUAL COST PERCENTAGE DAILY COST
Hospitalization $6,625,959,263 6.4% $18,153,313
Mental Health Care $1,080,706,049 1.0% $2,960,838
Child Welfare Services $25,361,329,051 24.4% $69,483,093
Law Enforcement $33,307,770 0.0% $91,254
Total Direct $33,101,302,133 31.9% $90,688,499
INDIRECT COSTS ESTIMATED ANNUAL COST PERCENTAGE DAILY COST
Special Education $2,410,306,242 2.3% $6,603,579
Juvenile Delinquency $7,174,814,134 6.9% $19,657,025
Mental Health Care $67,863,457 0.1% $185,927
Adult Criminal Justice System $27,979,811,982 27.0% $76,657,019
Total Indirect $70,652,715,359 68.1% $193,569,083

TOTAL

$103,754,017,492

100.0%

$284,257,582

Our nation’s overreliance on foster care fails to address the conditions that lead to child removal, devastate families, strain state and local budgets, and contribute to long-term outcomes for children, families and communities.

- Casey Family Programs,

We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home, more to put him in foster care, and the most to institutionalize him.

- Marian Wright Edelman, Founder, Children’s Defense Fund

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