Children's Statistics - Americas

Updated April 2017

Latin America: 
  • 7.5 million girls are married before age 18 in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNICEF).
  • Nearly 1 in 3 girls across Latin America are married off before the age of 18. In the Dominican Republic, 41 percent of girls marry before age 18 (Girls Not Brides).
  • In Latin America and the Caribbean, 12.5 million children are engaged in child labor, representing 8 percent of all children in the region (USDOL).
  • As of Feb. 29, 2016, 23,553 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended at the U.S. border with Mexico, representing an 89 percent increase from all of 2015 (U.S. Customs and Border Protection).


United States:
 

  • In 2014, about 702,000 children were victims of maltreatment, which includes neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse (U.S. Department of Health and Human).
  • In 2014, 1,546 children died from abuse and neglect, and 71 percent of these children were younger than 3 years old. More than 44 percent of children who die from abuse and neglect every year are under a year old (U.S. Department of Health and Human).
  • In 2014, 21 percent of children in the United States were living in poverty (National Center for Children in Poverty).
  • There were 415,129 children in foster care in the United States in 2014 (AFCARS).
  • In 2014, more than half of children entering U.S. foster care were young people of color (AFCARS).
  • In 2014, more than 22,000 young people aged out of foster care without permanent families. Research has shown that those who leave care without being linked to adoptive families have a higher likelihood than youth in the general population to experience homelessness, unemployment and incarceration as adults (AFCARS).
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