No one can argue with the horrific emotional strains of childhood physical, psychological or sexual abuse or neglect, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the estimated financial costs associated with one year of child maltreatment costs the U.S. approximately $124 billion.
During a 12-month period, 1,740 child-abuse cases were fatal; 579,000 cases were nonfatal. According to the CDC, “Child maltreatment has been shown to have many negative effects on survivors, including poorer health, social and emotional difficulties, and decreased economic productivity. This CDC study found these negative effects over a survivor′s lifetime generate many costs that impact the nation′s healthcare, education, criminal justice and welfare systems.” The agency estimates that these costs amount to $210,012 over the lifetime of each victim.
Many national, state and regional programs are in place to help reduce the incidence of child abuse. And one standout program is the Nurse-Family Partnership, which partners a registered nurse with a first-time mother to provide ongoing nurse-home visits. The program acknowledges that babies don’t come with instruction manuals. Currently 33 states participate in the Nurse-Family Partnership, funded through various private and public funds.
Currently about 1,200 nurses across the country participate in this program. Agencies across the country are seeking registered nurses who hold a BSN to join the home-visitation program. Visit the Nurse-Family Partnership for details about current openings.