Nov. 20, 2014
Register for Winter Parenting Classes in December!
December is open registration for the winter session of Positive Parenting classes at CAPS. English and Spanish classes are available.
2013 child abuse and neglect statistics released
The latest statistics from the Kids Count Data Center shows the Elkhart County child abuse rate is still well below the Indiana state average and most comparable counties.
In Elkhart County, 9.2 children were abused or neglected per 1,000 in 2013, up from 6.7 in 2012. For the state, the rate is 13.5 per 1,000 in 2013, up from 12.5 in 2012.
The number of Elkhart County reports to the Department of Child Services were also up in 2013, to 4,370 from 4,056 in 2012. That's more than double the 1,763 reports 10 years ago.
What to make of all this? CAPS CEO Candy Yoder sees good news in the fact that there are more reports being made, reflecting a heightened community awareness of the issue of abuse as well as knowledge of each person's responsibility to make a report when there is a concern about a child's welfare. As research continually shows, only about half of abuse and neglect cases are reported, so as reports go up, we can expect to see rates of substantiated abuse and neglect cases rise as well.
Yoder also believes that despite a rise in the rate for this year, the fact that Elkhart County still trends below the rest of the state means that we have unique positive factors here that other counties and municipalities may not. Yoder credits the work of CAPS in raising awareness and educating professionals as well as the collaborative nature of nonprofits and community organizations in Elkhart County for making this a safer and more mindful place to raise a family.
"Our whole nonprofit community is very collaborative and that's unique in our county," Yoder said in an interview with The Elkhart Truth recently. "We work really well to identify gaps in services, to engage our families in other services that are needed. I hear that from other people who have moved into this community and worked elsewhere, or who already work in multiple communities."