When reviewing statistics for the child protection system, it can be easy to forget that numbers represent real children, with real experiences. The fact that a number is comprised of hundreds or even thousands of individuals is often lost. In this visual, data are presented for the roughly 500,000 children born in California in 2007 — as well as the subgroup of 150,000 children born in Los Angeles County. Dots will appear on the screen, each of which represents 5 children reported for abuse or neglect, substantiated as victims, or placed in foster care between birth and age 5. By adopting this longitudinal perspective, these data depict the sheer number of unique children who are born in a single year and then become involved with the child protection system before kindergarten.
[Interested in learning more? Read the full Cumulative Risk report.]