Today, I reported for State of Opportunity on some alarming new statistics on child abuse and neglect in Michigan.
You can click here to get the full story.
There is some debate about how to interpret a few of the statistics in the story.
One of the things I discovered while reporting the story is that it's actually hard to get good numbers on abuse and neglect in Michigan.
The state Department of Human Services provides a monthly fact sheet that includes the number of cases that were investigated, and how many were confirmed. But the numbers only cover two months worth of reports, and there's no detail on the nature of the cases, or where they occurred.
The Michigan League for Public Policy worked with the DHS to publish some more detailed measures of abuse and neglect in the latest Kids Count report.
From my perspective, even this report leaves as many questions as answers.
That said, the statistics we do have are cause enough for concern.
Here are four to keep in mind: