Protecting Children | The STAR Center
Blank Children's Hospital

Protecting Children is Everyone's Job!

  • Age of child abuse victims: child abuse disproportionately impacts young children. Approximately half of child abuse victims areyounger than 6 years of age. (
  • Categories of child abuse: almost 4 out of 5 child abuse cases in 2012 were due to denial of critical care, which indicates a parent or caretaker failed to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing, or other care necessary for a child's well-being. The next most common types of abuse were physical injury (9.4%), illegal drugs in a child's body because of caretaker action or inaction (6%), and sexual abuse (3.9%). (

Wondering How You Can Make a Difference and Protect Children?

  • Knowledge - know the signs and symptoms of child abuse. 
  • Be a voice for kids - report suspected child abuse to law enforcement or the Iowa Department of Human Services Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-362-2178.
  • Get involved! - become a foster parent, volunteer in schools or for a youth serving organization, donate to agencies which provide prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse.