American Humane Association has a long history of conducting research on national child welfare trends. From 1973 to 1987, American Humane Association conducted the National Study on Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting, a project funded by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Currently, American Humane Association is involved in the design, data collection, data utilization and provision of technical assistance for the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). NCANDS is a voluntary, national data-collection effort incorporating maltreatment information both by state and by case level. These data describe trends across the United States in the reporting of child abuse/neglect, rates of substantiation, fatalities, victim and perpetrator characteristics, access to services for victims and worker caseloads. The annual Child Maltreatment report based on NCANDS represents the most comprehensive reporting on child protective services by the federal government. Forty-nine states, plus the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, contributed case-level data to NCANDS for 2008, the last year for which federal data is available. These data are widely used by administrators, researchers and clinicians in the field of child welfare, and address substantive national issues, such as characteristics that lead to a recurrence of child abuse/neglect and the factors that influence access to services.
American Humane Association is a subcontractor to Walter R. McDonald and Associates (WRMA) on this project, and is part of the NCANDS Technical Team. A unique feature of NCANDS is the intensive level of technical assistance offered to states to help them map state data to the standardized NCANDS format. American Humane Association works with nine states in Federal Regions VI and VII providing technical assistance (Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas), and contributes to data analyses and national statistics for the yearly Child Maltreatment report, which is the pre-eminent resource for national statistics regarding child abuse and neglect.
View Child Maltreatment 2008 (published in 2010) at the Children’s Bureau website.