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Children who are confirmed by child protective services as victims of abuse or neglect by race in Louisiana

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Number - the unduplicated number of children confirmed to have been victims of child abuse or neglect during a calendar year. 
Rate - the unduplicated number of children confirmed to have been victims of child abuse or neglect per 1,000 children.

Data Source

Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the  Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request and Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2021). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2020."


Data are reported here according to race and ethnicity/Hispanic origin. A child identifying as Hispanic or Latino may also identify as white or Black, and vice versa. Therefore, the sum of the racial and ethnic categories could be larger than the total reported for the parish. Note that data for other races are not reported here, but are included in the totals. Additionally, data on ethnicity (Hispanic/Latino or Non-Hispanic) was unavailable for a large number of victims each year (e.g. 17% of victims in 2021), so caution should be used in interpreting data on Hispanic/Latino victims of child abuse.
Child welfare data are reported according to the location of the DCFS office through which the case is handled. Some parishes do not have a DCFS office that handles child welfare cases, and children in those parishes are served by offices in the nearest parish. Geographies reported here reflect instances in which one parish office serves children in multiple parishes (e.g. Jefferson Parish's offices also serve children in Plaquemines and St. Bernard). 

2020-2021 data do not include any investigations considered to be ongoing, and are therefore subject to future revision.

LNE - "low number event" reflects a number or rate based on at least one but fewer than five events.

Updated December 30, 2022.

Last Updated

December 2022