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Report Shows Fewer Child Abuse and Neglect Incidents for Fifth Straight Year

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released its annual report on child abuse and neglect. Child Maltreatment 2011 is the 22nd in the series of reports and, for the fifth consecutive year, shows a steady decline in the number of victims who suffered maltreatment since 2007.

“We have made excellent progress over the past five years,” said George Sheldon, acting assistant secretary of ACF. “But what this report tells me is that we still have 681,000 children out there who need our help. We must continue coordination efforts among federal, state and local agencies to focus on child maltreatment prevention.”

The full report, Child Maltreatment 2011, is available here:

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