Child-Abuse Injuries Up 5%
Data looks very different from child protection services study
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 1, 2012 10:16 AM CDT
Hospitalizations resulting from child abuse have climbed since 1997.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Hospitalizations from child-abuse injuries climbed 4.9% between 1997 and 2009, a national study finds, with deaths before discharge also increasing. The data runs "in sharp contrast to data from child protective services," say the study's authors. Those groups found that substantiated child abuse dropped 55% between 1992 and 2009, ABC News reports, while another report, required by Congress, found a 23% decline.

The discrepancy may partially be the result of differences in the specifics of what's being studied: The child protective services study didn't take age or severity of abuse into account. Some 54% of hospitalizations in the new study were of kids less than a year old. "Perhaps all physical abuse is decreasing in the United States, but injuries in very young children have not followed this overall trend," the authors say.

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Oct 1, 2012 7:11 PM CDT
So child abuse is up since Obama became President......................
Oct 1, 2012 2:42 PM CDT
One key word here is "substantiated". A case that is unsubstantiated, doesn't mean it didn't happen---just that there is not enough evidence to go forward in court. This happens a lot, especially in cases of fondling young children. And when CPS is overworked (always) their ability to gather evidence is compromised. It is also true that in some states, CPS is full of fundamentalists who make a career out of taking away kids from parents who are trying hard to repair their lives. I had a friend who was fired from CASA for being too "friendly" with the parent trying to get her kids back after she went thru recovery program, job training etc... Turns out, CPS was lying about the mother and her level of responsibility--phone records proved it. Moreover, CPS workers had an "incestuous" fundy church relationship with the foster parents, who wanted to adopt young children---though children wanted desperately to return to their real mother. What would you expect, with judgmental church ladies running the show? Abuse is happening at all levels. Until we get a way to prove who is lying, and who is telling the truth, this will keep happening. The sooner we get "truth" specialists in the field, the better.
Oct 1, 2012 1:34 PM CDT
Child Protective Services as whole are the biggest danger American families and children are faced with today. Their unchecked powers allow them to destroy our families wholesale since the individual branches of this sorry organization should be theoretically under the oversite of county boards - doesn't work. They are simply only as good as the people working for them but as it turns out the decent ,humanly alive individuals are either let go or leave on their own because they can't agree and conform to the practises they see in their daily life. There are some exception to this rule. Typically the "social workers" are the proud members of "32.7 %" club - which is the % tage of American population as whole ,today, suffering from one or another form of mental and/or emotional disorders. Examples are to numerous,there nefarious acts hurting families and children , are covered up under the WIC 837 statue which calls for "confidentiality" for anything a minor person is involved with. Even though the statue is mainly design to give some chance to a young criminal to reestablish himself in the society after the case is done in the courts and jails , the Child PS (read BS) piggyback on this statue and thus cover up their bloody tracs and keep on ruining peoples lives with a nod from juvenile courts where judges to often don't want to get involved and rubber stamp everything in a hurry. Most of what these internet social workers do to us is completely unconstitutional but unless you reach the levels of appelatte courts you better be ready to learn all about your rights and the workings of the courts if you want to get your stolen children back. By the way these creaturs freely perjure themselves on stand,lie like dogs , force the children to make false statements under duress and they have dozens of greedy satellite low lifes who will support them in their lies - for 1/ money 2/ they all feel that their"s is a "higher calling" simply because they are soulless , childless sickos. You can check or many other sites , read books often written by former CPS workers sick of this situation as I am - How to protect your children from Child Protective Services ,Whores of Court and many others also " Duplessies orphans " will allow you to consider that such a horror is even possible in America today.(and since 1974) If anyone needs to talk to me I am at Milos Leubner , check also the story of removal of 423 children from the church in Texas based on false anonymus phone call and subsequent results. so - just that you know and take it from here.