Alaska Sees Increase In Child Maltreatment.
Expert: “Dramatic” increase in Child Abuse cases in southeast Alaska
JUNEAU, AK – Social workers’ caseloads for child neglect and abuse have dramatically increased in southeast Alaska.
Erin Walker-Tolles, executive director of Catholic Community Service in Juneau, testified before the House Finance Committee earlier this month, KTOO Public Media of Juneau reported on Sunday.
Walker-Tolles asked for more funding to deal with a 59 percent increase in referrals to her nonprofit’s child advocacy center, which deals with cases of children who might be victims of abuse and neglect across the southeast. The number of children referred to the center went up from 97 in 2016 to 154 last year.
“It’s dramatic, it’s pervasive and, from what we’ve heard from the other CACs, it is statewide,” Walker-Tolles said.
Program Manager Susan Loseby said she’s not sure what caused the increase.
“I would hope that more…
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