Tulsa’s Community Service Council gathers and tracks current data trends in various child protective services.
CSC analyst Jan Figart recently presented “High Risk Youth Dashboard” at a Child Protection Coalition meeting and noted that monitoring this data can identify trends, but added we are already “in a deep hole and are only digging a deeper one.”
Child abuse, teen births, poverty, and low education levels are key indicators. Figart said poverty and education are too big to tackle; child abuse and teen births are something we can improve.
Examples of the data are:
- 1 in 7 Oklahomans are on food stamps.
- The state ranks 9th in the country in confirmed child abuse. 8 of every 1,000 children in Tulsa County are victims of child abuse and/or neglect.
- 13 percent of all births in Tulsa County are to a 19 year old or younger and 20 percent of these babies are the 2nd, 3rd or 4th child of the same teen. Oklahoma ranks 5th in the U.S. in the rate of teen births.
- More than 60 percent of Tulsa County elementary school children participate in free lunch programs.