Child maltreatment is a persistent problem within Contra Costa County. Although it is a hidden social ill, its
impact is significant. Child maltreatment impacts not just the child, but the family, the community, and
society at large. In California, as many as one out of every 23 children is suspected of being maltreated. The
impact of maltreatment not only morally degrades our society, it significantly hurts our economy. In fact,
the physical, mental, and emotional effects of maltreatment persist long after child maltreatment occurs,
and result in ongoing costs to every sector of California.
Child maltreatment is a core underlying factor in many of California’s ongoing struggles, such as high rates
of school dropout, homelessness, incarceration, and chronic health issues. This report shines a light on this
largely ignored issue, with a specific focus in your county, and the negative impact it has on all of us.