Child Protective Services' Rural Challenge


Reports of child maltreatment in rural areas are more likely to be substantiated by Child Protective Services than reports in urban areas, according to a recent study by the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute.

Understanding Child Abuse in Rural and Urban America: Risk Factors and Maltreatment Substantiation analyzes the outcomes of child abuse investigations in rural and urban locations in order to identify traits associated with substantiation. Among families with incomes at least 200 percent above the federal poverty level, 36 percent of reports in rural areas were substantiated, compared with about 25 percent nationwide. Rural communities often have fewer caseworkers and sparse services, but the report notes that new technologies like video conferencing can help connect services with remote families.

Read the report here.

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