In 2015, there were 1,154 verified reports of child abuse in Manatee County. There was a 257% increase of children being removed from their homes from 2013 (164 children) to 2015 (585) children). 673 children were in and out of home care as of December 2015, the highest in over a decade. In 2011, DCF estimated the financial cost to be $64,377 a year to care for 1 abused or neglected child.
The U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect has identified in-home parenting education as the most promising method of strengthening families and preventing child maltreatment. Our outcomes are based on protective factors that have been proven to affect the health, safety, and early learning capability of young children.
Parenting Matters is a member of the Manatee Home Visiting Coalition. For more than 23 years, Parenting Matters has focused solely on Parenting Education and serving patents of children ages 0-17 at all levels of risk.