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Children confirmed to have been victims of abuse or neglect by age group 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 in that age group.

Data Source

Agenda for Children's analysis of data from 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"


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). 

The statewide total could be higher in this report for the Valid Victim count than the sum of all parishes because a small number of children could be included in more than one investigation during the year and their age had changed. Because of this, they will be included in more than one group in the table above.

Note that all data reported here were updated in December 2022, and some historical data that were previously reported in the "missing parish data" category have now been reported in the appropriate parish. Previous years' data have been updated as more investigations were finalized. Additionally, 2020-2021 data does not include any investigations considered to be ongoing, and are therefore subject to future revision and increases. We encourage users to interpret data for these years as the minimum number of confirmed victims and to use caution in interpreting apparent decreases.

LNE (low number event) - a number or rate based between one and five children.

Last Updated

December 2022