And the number is growing. Recent amendments to the Child Abuse Prevention Law that expanded the definition of child abuse and neglect, as well as an increasing public awareness of these issues, have resulted in an influx of children into institutional care. Between 2000 and 2007 the number of children in state homes increased by 6.7 percent and the number of facilities grew 2.2 percent, according to the latest government figures. In some homes, 75 percent of the children Living Dreams personnel encounter have been abused.
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