Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Kids Count Issue Brief
Rhode Island Kids Count.
Technical Report Statistics
Published: February 2019
This brief presents information on infants and toddlers involved in the child welfare system in Rhode Island. It notes that in 2018, nearly one in four victims of child abuse and neglect in Rhode Island were infants and toddlers under the age of three. The impact of child abuse and neglect on child development and mental health is discussed and statistics are presented on the incidence of child abuse/neglect and child neglect in children under the age of 3 by abuse type. Findings indicate: in 2018, 77% of indicated allegations of maltreatment for children under age three were classified as neglect, 19% were classified as physical abuse, 3% were classified as physical neglect, and less than 1% were classified as institutional abuse/neglect or sexual abuse; the most common types of child neglect for children under age three were lack of supervision (33%) and exposure to domestic violence (26%); there were 3,505 children who were victims of child abuse and neglect, 24% (856) of whom were under the age of three, including 372 under age one, 260 age one, and 224 age two; and during 2018, there were six near fatalities and five of the children reported were under the age of three. Information is provided on legislation relating to substance-exposed newborns, the National Safe Babies Court Project, and the Rhode Island Safe and Security Baby Court pilot. Policies and programs for infants and toddlers that prevent and reduce the negative impact of child maltreatment are reviewed and recommendations are made for preventing the child abuse and neglect of infants and toddlers. 59 references.
Rhode Island; infants; preschool children; child abuse; child neglect; prevention programs; statistics; child welfare services; child welfare reform; State laws; federal laws