Of those reports, 79,179 (or 16 percent), were substantiated (verified) by the state child welfare system. About two-thirds of verified cases were due to general neglect, which includes cases where the parent, guardian, or caregiver failed to provide adequate food, shelter, medical care, or supervision for the child, but no physical injury occurred. Neglect consistently has been the most common type of substantiated case statewide and in nearly all counties for which these data are available.
The upward trend in report rates has coincided with an increase in the number of youth in foster care. The foster care rolls in California have risen from 55,286 in 2012 to 62,097 in 2014. That increase accounts for about one-third of the total national increase in foster youths from 2012 to 2014.
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