CHI Needs Assessment Results

Attached to the link below are the results from our 2017 needs assessment. We surveyed many of nonprofits that serve abused and neglected youth in Somerset County. We do a broad spectrum needs assessment every three (3) years, and will do one again in 2020.

CHI Needs Assessment Summary October 2020

Current Initiatives

2020 INITIATIVES

  1. Middle Earth: Continue to work with Middle Earth to support mentoring and fun opportunities: lunchtime mentoring, “fun trips”, “Visions Plus Program.”  and “Promises-Plus” http://www.middleearthnj.org/services/mentoring-services. Most recent program report:  CHI Middle Earth 2020 Final Report  Past program reports: CHI Middle Earth May 2020 Mid-year Report Final Middle Earth 2019 Final Report Middle Earth mid-year report June 2019  2018 Middle Earth Mid-Year Report  Lunchtime Mentoring  Middle Earth Lunchtime Mentoring Report
  1. Family & Community Services of Somerset County: Work with mental health providers to cut waiting times for children needing mental health counseling and medicines. Because of Covid, F&CS unable to continue the 2018 and 2019 group counseling to support middle school children who recently arrived in the US from Latin America and who suffered abuse and trauma in their country of origin. Most recent program report: CHI FCSSC Report 6-8-2020 Past program reports: F&CS Interim Report October 2019   F&CS 6 Month Report July 2019 2018 F&CS Mid-Year Report  Family and Community Services  Family and Community Services Report
  2. CASA SHaW: Support tutoring program that helps abused and neglected children, especially those who are in out of home placements and have fallen behind educationally and need special attention to catch-up. Most recent program report: CHI CASA-SHaW 2020 Final Report  Past program report:   CASA Traveling Tutor Program 2019 CASA Tutoring  CASA Traveling Tutor Report
  3. Richard Hall CMHC: Unable to have Summer Connections 2020 because of Covid. It was to be a 5 week, 5 day a week for 20 children offering equine therapy, karate, arts and music therapy etc. RHCMHC Interim 2019 Report  Past program reports:10/26/2018 CHAP Program Update  2018 Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center Mid-Year Report CHAP  Richard Hall Program Report
  4. Resilient Youth of Somerset County: Support the efforts of Resilient Youth of Somerset County to educate youth stakeholders about the pervasive effects of chronic trauma and to hold information sessions on the importance and effectiveness of Trauma Informed Care, with the goal of making Somerset a trauma informed community. Most recent program report:  RYS report 2019 Past committee reports:2018 Resilient Youth of Somerset Mid-Year Report Resilient Youth of Somerset  Resilient Youth of Somerset Report

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Child Abuse Statistics

Children who experience abuse and neglect are 11 times more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 2.7 times more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 3.1 times more likely to commit a violent crime. (1)

About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse. (1)

Five children die every day as a result of child abuse in America. (2)

A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. (3)

4,154 New Jersey children were in out-of-home placements and not in their own homes in October 2020 (4)

NOTES:

(1) https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/statistics/can/can-stats/

(2) http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11599.pdf (at page 1)

(3) http://www.childhelp.org

(4) https://www.nj.gov/dcf/childdata/continuous/Commissioners.Monthly.Report_10.20.pdf

US Government Statistics on Child Abuse & Neglect
Using information collected through various monitoring and reporting systems, the Children's Bureau analyzes and reports data on a variety of topics, including adoption, foster care, child abuse, and neglect.
https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/statistics/

New Jersey Child Abuse & Neglect Statistics
Here you will find helpful information about the types of children involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, DCP&P (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services), including kids who are served in the homes of their birth parents and those who had to be removed into an out-of-home placement. You will also find up-to-date information about efforts to recruit new foster and adoptive families.
http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/ (look at “Data” tab)