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Children who were victims of abuse or neglect by type of abuse in Louisiana

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Number - the unduplicated number of children who were victims of child abuse or neglect during a calendar year, by type of abuse. 
Rate - the number of children who were victims of child abuse or neglect per 1,000 children ages 0-17 in the population.

In addition to the three categories reported here (neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse), the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services also reports child abuse and neglect data for children for several additional categories, including maltreatment, labor trafficking, sex trafficking, life-threatening injuries, and death.  Because of the small number of events in most parishes, those data are not reported here.

Data Source

Agenda for Children's analysis of data from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request and the U.S. Census Bureau, Census Population Estimates Program, Vintage 2020 estimates (2019) and Vintage 2023 estimates (2020-2022).


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). 

These data represent an unduplicated count of valid allegation categories per child. If a child had more than one valid allegation in more than one allegation category then they are counted in each category. If they have multiple allegations in the same category, they are only counted one time for each category.

Note that all data reported here were updated in December 2023, and some historical data that were previously reported in the "missing parish data" category are now included in the appropriate parish. Previous years' data have been updated as more investigations were finalized. Additionally, 2021–2022 data do not include any investigations considered to be ongoing. 

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

Last Updated

December 2023