Frequently Asked Questions

What is the incidence of confirmed cases of child abuse in Jackson County?

In 2015 there were over 1,240 confirmed victims of child abuse in Jackson County; the majority of victims were under 4 years of age.

What is the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse nationwide?
Most recent estimates are that 1 in 10 children will be victims of sexual abuse.

How does the city of Jackson rate in teen pregnancy?
50% of teen births in Jackson County take place in the City of Jackson. The teen birth rate for 15 to 19 year olds in the city of Jackson is 67.1 per 1000 females in that age range, compared to a State rate of 23.6 in the same range and a national rate of 26.6 out of 1000 for 2013.

How much of a problem is poverty in Jackson County?

Parental anxiety and depression about financial issues can negatively affect their children, and the burden of poverty can increase abusive and neglectful behaviors. In Michigan, about 23% of children live in poverty; Jackson County, it is 24%.