Child abuse is on the rise in Michigan.
That's not just opinion or speculation.
As recently as 2006, Michigan's rate of child abuse and neglect was below the national average.
Today, it is more than 50% higher than the national rate.
And this surge in child abuse comes exactly as state spending on abuse and neglect prevention has been cut sharply.
Why are child abuse and neglect rates so high in Michigan?
For the answer we turn to Jane Zehnder-Merrell, the project director for Kids Count in Michigan at the Michigan League for Public Policy, and Cathy Weissenborn, the President of CARE House of Oakland County, the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland Count.