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Percent of Child Abuse/Neglect Reports that Required Follow-up Services (Missouri)

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Since the inception of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program in 1996, the number of children receiving welfare has dropped by more than half due to stricter work and eligibility requirements. This steady decrease has resulted in a decline from 13 percent of children receiving welfare in 1995 to 5.3 percent in 2004. Among children living in families with incomes below the federal poverty level, 29.8 percent of children were receiving TANF in 2004, compared to 61.5 percent in 1995. According to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, between 1994 and 2003, benefit amounts have not kept pace with the cost of living, declining by over 18 percent.While the TANF program has been touted as a way out of poverty and into self-sufficiency for low-income families, other supports such as child care subsidies and earned income tax credits need to be enhanced in order for these families to be successful.

Percent of Child Abuse/Neglect Reports that Required Follow-up Services (Missouri)

The Top 10 results for 2009 (ranked by % Requiring Follow-up)

Zip Code% Requiring Follow-upReports Requiring Follow-upTotal ReportsYear

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Calculation: (Number of child abuse or neglect reports that required follow-up services [investigation: substantiated, unsubstantiated with preventive services needed and family assessment services needed] /Total reports of alleged child abuse or neglect) x 100.
Calculations made by Vision for Children at Risk.
† Denotes ZIP codes with a child population less than 300.
* Data Not Available.