Child Maltreatment Report 2020


WRMA’s longest running project, the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), collects state-level data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies. The NCANDS team validates and analyzes the data, and produces an annual report on behalf of the Children’s Bureau. Child Maltreatment 2020 is the 31st edition in the annual series, which was publicly released on January 21, 2022. The report is based on federal fiscal year (FFY) data annually submitted by 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (known collectively as 52 states).

The report includes 7 chapters, 60 data tables, and at 300 pages, is more than 3 times the size of the first report released back in 1992. Child Maltreatment 2020 and prior reports in the series are available on the Children’s Bureau website at”.

The 2020 edition of the report includes analyses of child welfare data during the COVID-19 pandemic by comparing FFY 2020 quarterly data (October 2019 through September 2020) with the same quarters from FFY 2019 (October 2018 through September 2019).

About the Authoring Project

The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), Children’s Bureau.