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Abuse In Numbers

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The Parent Child Center of Tulsa serves children from birth to twelve years old who are at risk for or who have suffered the most traumatic experiences of childhood:  physical, emotional, and sexual abuse or neglect.

The need for our services grows every day. From January through June 2014, 3,049 children were the subject of a DHS investigation for possible abuse and neglect in Tulsa County, and 1,029 of these children were confirmed to be victims of abuse and/or neglect. In addition, DHS reported a monthly average of 1,429 children in out of home care because of confirmed abuse or neglect in Tulsa County in 2013. The number of children ages 0-3 taken into foster care by DHS has grown from 500 per year in 2009 to almost 700 in July 2013, and there has been an increase in child welfare cases filed in Tulsa County Juvenile Court, from 324 in 2009 to 460 in 2012.

The consequences of not preventing and treating child abuse and neglect are grim. Abused children are at high risk to develop a range of problems, including psychiatric disorders, addictions, and substance abuse. They are also likely to continue the inter-generational cycle of violence and neglect when they have children.

According to the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, early experiences powerfully shape the developing brain and have both immediate and lifelong impact on health and well-being.  Many of these young children have experienced multiple traumas, impaired developmental attachment, and resulting behavior issues.  These young victims are particularly vulnerable because they are completely dependent on their parents for nurturing, stimulation, and care.  Without treatment, these children will likely suffer emotional, social, cognitive, and language delays.  In addition to the suffering individual children experience, child abuse that is left untreated costs everyone.  According to The National Child Traumatic Stress Network “untreated child trauma is a root cause of many of the most pressing problems that communities face, including poverty, crime, low academic achievement, addiction, mental health problems, and poor health outcomes.”  Through treatment, PCCT addresses the root causes of these problems and creates long-lasting generational change.


Child Abuse in Oklahoma
922,098 children live in Oklahoma:
521,683 are White, non-Hispanic
76,600 are Black
127,371 are Hispanic
16,297 are Asian/Pacific Islander
82,982 are American Indian
121,036 are two or more races

In Oklahoma:
A child is abused or neglected every 1 hour.
A child dies before his or her first birthday every 22 hours.
Oklahoma Ranks:*
29th among states in percent of babies born at low birthweight. Best state is South Dakota; worst state is Mississippi
34th among states in its infant mortality rate.
Best state is New Hampshire; worst is the District of Columbia
49th among states in per pupil expenditures.
The District of Columbia is best; Utah is the worst state
[*1st represents the best state for children and 51st represents the worst state for children in the country]

(Information from Children’s Defense Fund)

Each day in America
2 mothers die in childbirth.
5 children are killed by abuse or neglect.
5 children or teens commit suicide.
8 children or teens are killed by firearms.
32 children or teens die from accidents.
80 babies die before their first birthdays.
186 children are arrested for violent offenses.
368 children are arrested for drug offenses.
949 babies are born at low birthweight.
1,204 babies are born to teen mothers.
1,240 public school students are corporally punished.*
2,058 children are confirmed as abused or neglected.
2,163 babies are born without health insurance.
2,573 babies are born into poverty.
3,312 high school students drop out.*
4,133 children are arrested.
4,717 babies are born to unmarried mothers.
18,493 public school students are suspended.
*Based on calculations per school day (180 days of seven hours each).
(Information from Children’s Defense Fund)

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