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On March 29, 2019, President Donald J. Trump proclaimed April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month to encourage action to improve the safety and well-being of children, and to honor the professionals and volunteers who protect at-risk children and care for those who have experienced abuse.

Learn more about OJJDP’s efforts to protect America’s children from abuse, exploitation, and victimization.

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The number of youth in residential placement continues to decline, a trend that has lasted nearly two decades. According to the recently released Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2016: Selected Findings, more youth were held in county, city, or municipally operated facilities on the census date than were held in state-operated facilities. Facility crowding affected a relatively small proportion of youth in custody. Most responding facilities routinely evaluated all youth for suicide risk, education needs, substance abuse, and mental health needs.