February 1, 2017
Source: Missouri Budget Project
Child welfare programs focus on the safety and protection of children and youth in Missouri. Preventing child abuse and neglect (CA/N) has profound implications, not only for protection of children in the short-term, but to prevent damaging and costly long-term consequences. The lifetime cost of CA/N per child has been estimated at $210,012 in nonfatal cases and $1,272,900 in fatal cases.