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  • 06/15/09
    Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act: Frequently Asked Questions on the Provisions Designed to Impact Youth and Young Adults
    This report provides information about and assists in the implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act. Specifically, this report has information that focuses on answering questions about Fostering Connections' improvements that will impact youth and young adults in foster care and assist in the implementation process of those provisions that will help promote permanent families and other supports for these youth.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 05/15/09
    Child Watch® Column: "National Foster Care Month"
    May is National Foster Care Month and this year is a good time to reflect on the progress we can make in improving the lives of children and youths in foster care by implementing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (Fostering Connections Act).
  • Marian Wright Edelman 05/01/09
    Child Watch® Column: "The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy"
    After falling for many years, the teen pregnancy rate is again on the rise. According to a report released in March by the National Center for Health Statistics, the teen birth rate increased 5 percent between 2005 and 2007. And a 2007 Centers for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Survey reveals that the declines in teenage sexual activity and increases in teenage contraceptive use have come to a standstill.
  • 05/01/09
    Children in the States Factsheets
    These factsheets provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk for children in 2008 in each state.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 04/24/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Whatever It Takes"
    Whatever It Takes. That's the title of the recent book by New York Times Magazine editor Paul Tough about Geoffrey Canada, a vice chair of the Children's Defense Fund's board of directors and the visionary creator of the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ). "Whatever it takes" is Canada's philosophy about serving and saving the thousands of children in the nearly 100-block radius that constitutes the Harlem Children's Zone Project.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 04/17/09
    Child Watch® Column: "National Child Abuse Prevention Month"
    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month—a good time for us to look at the child abuse and neglect crisis in America. The statistics are shocking: A child is abused or neglected every 40 seconds. During 2007, an estimated 794,000 children were determined to be victims of child abuse or neglect, and almost 3.2 million children were subjects of abuse or neglect investigations.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 04/03/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Dr. John Hope Franklin—Scholar, Teacher, Activist, Friend"
    On March 25 beloved historian John Hope Franklin, the nation's leading scholar of African American history, passed away at age 94. Dr. Franklin became a scholar of Black history at a time when many other "experts" didn't believe there was anything about African American history worth studying.
  • 03/31/09
    Cradle to Prison PipelineĀ® State Factsheets
    These factsheets provide basic state-level data on the various issues related to the pipeline including poverty, health care, early childhood education, education, child welfare, juvenile justice system and incarceration, and community violence. They also provide action steps needed to protect and reroute children from the pipeline.
  • 03/23/09
    The New Economic Recovery Law: Resources to Help Children and the Economy
    CDF gathered useful materials from federal agencies, congressional sources, and advocacy and other organizations so you can begin familiarizing yourself with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding and program activities available in your state and community. To ensure that children and families truly benefit from these increased funds, it is important to identify funding coming into your state that can be used to invest in children, families, and communities. These links will be updated on a regular basis, so check back frequently.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 03/20/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Dentists Remember and Respond to a Child's Preventable Death"
    To the horror of us all, Deamonte Driver, a seventh grader from Prince George's County, Maryland, died of complications from an abscessed tooth on February 25, 2007. The outrage is that Deamonte's life could have been saved by routine dental visits and an $80 extraction.
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