Most Children in Shelters Abused by Parents

  • By Hong Jun-ki

    September 27, 2019 13:38

    There has been no letup in the number of children who are placed in foster care because their parents abuse them, even as the total of abandoned children is declining.

    The number of abandoned children fell from 4,994 in 2014 to 3,918 last year, but that of children placed in shelters due to parental abuse grew from 1,105 in 2014 to 1,532 in 2016, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare on Thursday.

    Parental abuse now accounts for the biggest proportion of children who are taken into care.

    Reports of child abuse are consistently on the rise, from 10,027 cases in 2014 to 24,604 last year. The perpetrators were mostly parents with 18,919 cases or 66.4 percent.

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