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Child Welfare in North Carolina

North Carolina’s child welfare aims to protect and promote the well-being of children abused, neglected, or at risk of harm. Through the dashboards, users can access datasets, such as child neglect and abuse summary, foster care (children under 18 in foster care under DSS custody), and substantiated child neglect and abuse (percent of reported child neglect and abuse cases that are substantiated), and more. The data are updated annually and disaggregated by sex, race and ethnicity, and age at the state level.

In addition to providing a comprehensive picture of child abuse and neglect issues, this data tool also lets users identify trends and areas for improvement. As a result, decision-makers can allocate additional resources to targeted subgroups, such as parenting education, family counseling, and support groups.

Duncan, D.F., Flair, K.A., Stewart, C.J., Guest, S., Rose, R.A., Malley, K.M.D., Reives, W. (2020).