The Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect found that children in rural areas had higher incidence rates of maltreatment than children in urban areas in nearly every category of maltreatment and level of severity (Sedlak et al., 2010). For example, the study found that the rate of abuse for children in rural areas was 1.7 times higher than for children in major urban areas.
Recruiting resource families in rural areas requires targeted efforts that consider the unique circumstances of rural communities. A shortage of local resource families puts rural children at risk of out-of-home placement outside their communities. This may limit contact with the birth family and compromise family preservation efforts.
Medina and surrounding counties need an emergency shelter for these children as well as additional foster families to take these children for longer periods.
The information provided courtesy of Child Welfare Information Gateway.