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STATISTICS

THE RESEARCH

Over 4,002 Lives Saved to Date by the Safe Haven Law.

  • 4,015 lives saved to date by Safe Haven Laws

  • 3,527 newborns newborns relinquished using Safe Haven Laws

  • 827 newborns found deceased

  • 476 newborns found alive

In 2017 alone, 478 infants were abandoned in Georgia, the second highest rate after California with 774 infants who were abandoned.

The safe haven statistics posted are unofficial as there is no federally mandated Safe Haven reporting requirement at this time, we rely on county and state reporting. These statistics were last updated May 2022. The national statistics are a total from 1999 when the first Safe Haven Law was implemented:

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Child Abuse, Neglect, and Fatality Statistics, 2019

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Source: CHILD BUREAU Child Maltreatment Report, 2019; pgs. 36, 55-58; https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/report/child-maltreatment-2019

 Georgia Stats

 

 

The Hope Box continually researches the issues of abandonment. Below we have provided the most current records on the issues of abandonment, abuse, neglect, and maltreatment to children under one (1) year of age. 

Children less than one year of age are the most vulnerable to death and abuse. They rank the highest of children victimized for maltreatment, abuse, neglect, and abandonment. These rates are rising with each year. The Hope Box is here to establish a decrease in the rise of these numbers.

  • Every day nationally there are 5 infant/children deaths 

  • Every day in GA there are 2 infant mortalities

  • Every day in GA there are 22 infants abused, neglected, or abandoned

  • In 2019, GA reported 10,102 children were victimized

  • In 2020, a national report indicated26.2/1 000 children were victimized under the age of 1 – the highest ranking in all age groups

  • In 2019, there were 656,251 cases of child abuse and neglect reported in the U.S. 

  • 70% of all fatalities involve children 3 years old or younger in GA

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