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Child-Abuse Cases Lower Than Usual Due to Coronavirus Impact, Report Says

Posted 2/12/21

The coronavirus pandemic has had lingering effects on the child-welfare system, including continued lower rates of child-abuse cases being reported and a smaller number of children being placed in foster care, according to a report by the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs.

The survey monitoring child protection, preventive and foster-care services provided by the Administration for Children’s Services found that there were 55,984 reports of child abuse and neglect in Fiscal Year 2020, a 15-percent decline from a year earlier.

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