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  • 05/23/14
    Child Watch® Column: “From Hardship to Hope”
    Foster care is intended to be a temporary solution during one of the darkest times of a child’s life, but the average length of stay is nearly two years, and every year more than 23,000 youths “age out” of foster care at age 18 or older without being connected to a forever family.
  • 05/06/14
    Children in the States Factsheets 2014
    These factsheets provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk for children in the states.
  • 05/02/14
    Child Watch® Column: “The Budget Is Not Fair, Mr. Chair”
    On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, testified before the House Budget Committee on the impact of the War on Poverty on children and how our nation can finish the job started by President Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago.
  • 04/30/14
    A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines
    Written testimony by CDF President Marian Wright Edelman delivered to the House Budget Committee on April 30, 2014, during the hearing, "A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines". Earlier this month the House of Representatives passed the budget proposed by Chairman Ryan that would severely undercut the progress made since the War on Poverty was declared. The budget gets 69 percent of its cuts from programs that assist low-income children and families, while asking nothing from the wealthiest. It cuts tax rates for the richest Americans by taking food and other supports from children.
  • 01/23/14
    The State of America's Children® 2014 Report
    This is a comprehensive compilation and analysis of the most recent and reliable national and state-by-state data on population, poverty, family structure, family income, health, nutrition, early childhood development, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and gun violence. The report provides key child data showing alarming numbers of children at risk.
  • 04/22/13
    Overview of President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal
    A breakdown and analysis of the President's 2014 budget proposal as it relates to children and families.
  • 04/01/13
    Children in the States Factsheets 2013
    These factsheets provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk for children in the states.
  • Portrait of Inequality 11/13/12
    Portrait of Inequality 2012 - Black Children in America
    CDF produced "Portrait of Inequality 2012", a report showing the gross inequalities facing Black children compared to White children, across all critical indicators of wellbeing.
  • GAP Report 11/01/12
    Making It Work: Using the Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP) to Close the Permanency Gap for Children in Foster Care
    This report finds that children with relative guardians are benefiting from the Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 established the federal Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP). It gives states the option of providing ongoing financial assistance with federal support through Title IV-E GAP for children who leave foster care for guardianship with a relative caregiver. The report examines the benefits of Title IV-E GAP and best practices in states implementing GAP. With the support of Casey Family Programs, this report was a collaborative effort between the American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law, Casey Family Programs, Child Focus, Child Trends, Children’s Defense Fund, and Generations United. The report includes a fact sheet and narrative report on each of the states.
  • SOACsmall 07/22/12
    The State of America's Children® 2012 Handbook
    The State of America’s Children® Handbook provides key national information in a range of areas, as well as state tables showing how children in your state are faring and how your state compares to other states in protecting children. A more comprehensive version will be posted on the web as new data becomes available later this year as part our State of America's Children® annual report.
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