Mendocino County

About Child Abuse & Neglect in Mendocino County

  • The rate of confirmed child abuse cases in Mendocino County is almost twice the rate of California as a whole(source).
  • Mendocino County HHSA Children and Family Services estimates that drugs and alcohol are involved in 75% of this county’s child abuse cases.
  • 224 substantiated cases of child abuse have been reported in Mendocino County since February of 2013.
  • In our county protecting children is a pressing issue. During a recent Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) stakeholders’ needs assessment meeting, Child Abuse and Neglect ranked as number 3 priority problems out of 16. Because
    child maltreatment impacts the community as a whole, effective child abuse prevention requires a collective effort from each member of the community. Everyone can make a difference in the life of a child.
  • The total lifetime estimated financial costs associated with just one year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment  (physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect) is  approximately $124 billion, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  published in Child Abuse and Neglect, The  International Journal.

 Find out more about the long-term effects of child abuse and neglect.

Kids Data for CAC Website