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Statistics about abused and neglected children in Tennessee

According to the Children's Bureau of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, in 2015 there was a total of 683,487 victims of child abuse and neglect in the US. 

According to Kids Count 2016, there were 73,099 reported cases of child abuse and neglect in Tennessee.

FactAccording to the Tennessee Department of Children's Services Annual Report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 there were 8,008 children remaining in state custody.  Of these children, 6,596 were in state custody due to abuse and neglect.

Fact- A 2016 report released by Prevent Child Abuse America funded by Pew Charitable Trusts estimated the annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States to be $80 billion dollars. This figure includes both direct and indirect costs of child abuse.

Fact- Federal law requires that juvenile and family courts appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in all cases of child abuse and neglect, who, in Tennessee must be an attorney.  CASA advocates who are volunteers may also be appointed by the court. See Tennessee Code Annotated 37-1-149.

Fact- The National CASA/GAL network consists of more than 1,000 programs in 49 states, whose more than 76,000 volunteers serve over 251,000 children every year.