Children deserve to grow up feeling safe, healthy and cared for. Child abuse and neglect creates an environment that endangers a child’s chance of developing normally. Abuse puts children at risk for lasting physical, emotional and behavioral problems.
Every year in 2004 – 2013, almost half of all children 0 –17 years old who were subject to abuse or neglect in Polk County were under the age of five years old. A total of 16,441 cases of child abuse in Polk County were reported during this time frame.