The Problem

Trauma affects us all. Child abuse has far-reaching negative effects on not just its victims, but society as well. Survivors of child maltreatment are at greater risk for physical, emotional, work, and relationship problems throughout childhood and into adulthood. 

Local Statistics

EDUCATION

64.16% of children of the ages

3-4 throughout the High Desert (8 local school districts) were not in school between the years 2013-2017.

JUVENILE ARRESTS

In the year 2017, 41% of San Bernardino County juvenile arrests were for

felony charges.

In 2017, San Bernardino County's most vulnerable children, birth through five, had 14.1 substantiated child abuse allegations per 1,000 children, compared to California's rate of 11.0 Per 1,000 children.

CHILD ABUSE

MENTAL HEALTH

Over the past five years, mental health care for children in San Bernardino County ages 0-5 has had an increase by 145% in five years

20+%

of the 939 CHILDREN between the

 AGES of BIRTH TO FIVE years old served by the Desert/Mountain Children's Center had an

ACE SCORE OF 6 OR MORE.

20 YEARS

Children who have been reported to have an ACE score of 6 or more have an AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY TWO DECADES SHORTER than those who reported none.

6.2

per 1,000 births was the Infant Mortality Rate in San Bernardino County in the year 2019. 

Impact our community.

Intervening early is critical, given that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 3/4 by the age 24. Research has shown that early identification and treatment improves outcomes.

Early intervention conducted by comprehensive school-based mental health and substance treatment systems have been associated with enhanced academic performance, decreased need for special education, fewer disciplinary encounters, increased engagement with school, and elevated rates of graduation.

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