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


Local Level:

  • Stearns County Human Services received 2,170 reports of child maltreatment in 2018.
  • In the same year, Benton County received 763 reports of child maltreatment.

State Level:

  • In 2018, Child Protection agencies in Minnesota received 86,060 reports of child maltreatment. This is a 2.3% increase in one year (compared to 2017).
  • Of the reports received, 43.5% were screened in for an assessment/investigation.
  • The completed assessments/investigations involved 5,549 victims of child sexual abuse, 11,569 victims of physical abuse, and 23,623 victims of neglect.

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.



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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO