Frequently Asked Questions

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

In 2014 there were over 1,000 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?
The City of Jackson ranks 5th highest of cities in Michigan for teen birth rates.  The top 10 cities listed in order are as follows: Benton Harbor, Port Huron, Pontiac, Muskegon, Jackson, Hamtramck, Saginaw, Flint, Detroit, and Lansing.  However, the good news is that our CITY teen birth rate dropped from 67.1 in 2013 to 55.9 in 2014, although our ranking remains high. 

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. Currently in Jackson County approximately 1 of every 4 children lives in poverty.