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 investigated families
Definition and Source
Population estimates are from the Census Bureau.
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.
The numbers for Wexford and Missaukee are combined for 1998-2009. Grand Traverse and Leelanau are combined for 2003-09. Mecosta and Osceola are combined for 2001-07.
Data for 2008 were found to be unreliable and have been removed.
Data for 2010-2012, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee and Wexford counties were revised on 3/19/20.City-level data prior to 2021 were found to be unreliable due to discrepancies within city population counts and have been removed.