If you ask most parents, they will tell you that their children are their everything—that everything in their lives revolves around their children first and foremost.

This make it even more heartbreaking to hear the statistics about child abuse. According to the organization Childhelp, more than 3.6 million referrals involving over 6.6 million children are made to child protection agencies in the U.S. each year.

Every 10 seconds, a report of child abuse is made. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2014, an estimated 1580 children in the US died from child abuse or neglect.  This is one of the worst records among industrialized countries.

The CDC’s report on adverse childhood experiences shows that child abuse, be it physical, emotional, or sexual, is associated with shorter life expectancy, risk for intimate partner violence, drug and alcohol abuse, suicidal ideation, and other mental health issues. Child abuse and neglect also have serious financial consequences, including loss in worker productivity, health care costs, special education costs, child welfare expenditures, and criminal justice expenditures.

As a country, America can do much better.

Child abuse is one of the biggest factors considered in child custody cases. If you have reason to believe that your child is being abused by their other parent or guardian, child custody surveillance can help you make your case and ensure that your child is in the best possible care. Early intervention is essential to make sure that abused children can achieve better health outcomes.

If you are seeking a family or personal PI in the Pittsburgh or Cleveland areas, contact FORLETTA as soon as possible.

We as a society have the power to prevent child abuse. Let’s all do our part to ensure the health and wellbeing of our children and our country as a whole.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study.
  2. Childhelp. Child Abuse Statistics.