"North Carolina taxpayers’ share of the total cost in 2012 has been estimated at just over $2 billion.
"These costs are unacceptable. And the adverse social, emotional, health, and education outcomes are equally intolerable, especially since we know they are preventable. As adults it is our obligation to do everything we can to ensure all children have the safe, stable, healthy, nurturing environments they need to thrive. Doesn’t it make sense to invest in strategies that prevent child abuse and neglect?