In 2016, Louisiana had 46,606 total referrals for child abuse and neglect. Of those, 23,796 reports were referred for investigation.
In 2016, there were 11,289 victims of abuse or neglect in Louisiana, a rate of 10.1 per 1,000 children, a decrease of 10.6% from 2015. Of these children, 85.8% were neglected, 15.0% were physically abused, and 5.3% were sexually abused.
The number of child victims has decreased 10.6% in comparison to the number of victims in 2015.
In 2016, there were 41 child deaths resulting from abuse or neglect reported in Louisiana.
4,461 children in Louisiana lived apart from their families in out-of-home care in 2016, compared with 4,545 children in 2015.
The number of children living apart from their families in out-of-home care has decreased 1% in comparison to the number of children in out-of-home care in 2015.
166 children in Louisiana aged out of out-of-home care—exited foster care to emancipation—in 2015.
In 2016, there were less than 10 reports of children in Louisiana aged 10 to 14 committing suicide, and 27 reports of suicide among children aged 15 to 19.
In 2017, of the more than 1.1 million children under the age of 18 living in Louisiana, nearly one in every 2,000 of those children was a victim of sexual abuse.