Number - the unduplicated number of children confirmed to have been victims of child abuse or neglect during a calendar year, by race.
Rate - the unduplicated number of children confirmed to have been victims of child abuse or neglect per 1,000 children, by race.
Child victim data - Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request. Population data - Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2018). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2017." Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop/
Data is reported here according to race, but not ethnicity/Hispanic origin. A child identifying as Hispanic or Latino may also identify as white or black. In 2017, 2.9% of children in Louisiana confirmed to have been victims of child abuse or neglect identified as Hispanic or Latino, while 85% of confirmed victims were not Hispanic or Latino. Ethnicity/Hispanic origin was unknown for 12% of all confirmed victims in 2017.
Child welfare data is reported according to the location of the DCFS office through which the case is handled. Some parishes do not have a DCFS office that handles child welfare cases, and children in those parishes are served by offices in the nearest parish. Geographies reported here reflect instances in which one parish office serves children in multiple parishes (e.g. Jefferson Parish's offices also serve children in Plaquemines and St. Bernard).
2016-2017 data does not include any investigations considered to be ongoing.
LNE (low number event) - a number or rate based on more between one and five children
n.a. - rates were not calculated for the "other" category