Viewpoints: The plan to prevent Arizona child neglect

Child neglect is less visible than child abuse. But it’s a similarly dangerous type of child maltreatment in that the resulting negative outcomes too often last a lifetime.

About 70 percent of all reports made to the Department of Child Safety hotline concern neglect. Nearly 80 percent of the cases in which Arizona children are removed from their home cite neglect as one of the reasons.

There are about 18,000 children in Arizona presently in foster care.

That’s why the Arizona Department of Child Safety has begun a multi-year project with Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University to gather and analyze data on child neglect.

This novel project is being funded by the Arizona Community Foundation.