Change Indicator

Children ages birth to 8 in investigated families in Michigan

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Why This Indicator Matters

Each reported case of abuse or neglect is investigated and categorized based on the evidence collected and the safety risk for recurrence of abuse or neglect.
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Definition and Source



These numbers reflect a count of children ages birth to 8 in families where an investigation of alleged child abuse or neglect occurred. Families may be investigated more than once in a given year and their children would be counted each time. The rate is per 1,000 children ages birth to 8. Rates are suppressed with an "S" for counts fewer than 6 to maintain reliability.

Data Source

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Protective Services.

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.

Last Updated

May 2023