Child Maltreatment Report 2021


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 2021 is the 32nd edition in the annual series, which was publicly released on February 9, 2023. 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 and 60 data tables on such topics as reports, victims and nonvictims of abuse and neglect, children who died of maltreatment, perpetrators, and services. A Special Focus chapter was included for the fourth year. The special focus topic for the Child Maltreatment 2021 is racial and ethnic disproportionality. Child Maltreatment 2021 and prior reports in the series are available on the Children’s Bureau website at

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.