Vocation. Poverty is a strong predictor of child abuse and neglect. Although children from all socioeconomic levels are at risk, those living in families with an annual income less than $15,000 are 22 times more likely to be abused or neglected than children in families earning more than $30,000. We also know families are less likely to abuse or neglect children when the mother has earned her high school diploma, and that only half of youth in foster care graduate high school by age 18.

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