Statistics on children, youth and families in Michigan from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Michigan League for Public Policy
Children ages birth to 17 in out of home care-abuse or neglect in Michigan
Children ages birth to 17 in out of home care-abuse or neglect
because one or more years have been deselected.
Why This Indicator Matters
Definition and Source
Location is based on the location of the court rather than the child’s residence. The data are from a single month (September) in the reference years. Due to availability of population data at the time of release, rates are based on the population of the previous calendar year. The rate is per 1,000 children ages birth to 17. Rates are suppressed with an "S" for counts fewer than 6 to maintain reliability.
Michigan saw a decline in out-of-home placement, investigations, and confirmed reports of abuse and neglect during the pandemic. We believe this to be a result of underreporting as opposed to a true reduction in child abuse and neglect. With kids engaged in remote schooling and families skipping medical check-ups, children may have lost valuable opportunities to interact with mandated reporters, meaning some instances of abuse and neglect may have never been reported or investigated.
Data for 2008 were found to be unreliable and have been removed.
City-level data prior to 2021 were found to be unreliable due to discrepancies within city population counts and have been removed.