For Referral Sources and Professionals

Stay Informed

The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a range of information for professionals working with abused children.


Local Level:

  • Stearns County Human Services received 2,165 reports of child maltreatment in 2020.
  • In that same year, Benton County Human Services received 640 reports of child maltreatment.

State Level:

  • In 2020, Minnesota Child Protection agencies received 71,606 reports of child maltreatment. This is a 16.7% decrease from 2019, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Of the reports received, 43.7% were screened in for assessment or investigation.

  • The completed assessments/investigations involved 14,878 victims of neglect, 7,051 victims of physical abuse, 3,883 victims of threatened injury, 3,601 victims of sexual abuse and 1,156 victims of mental injury.

National Level:

  • 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by age 18.
  • There are 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the United States.
  • 90% of abused children know their abuser.



Upcoming and Ongoing Training

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