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  • 03/18/13
    Perspectives on Fostering Connections: A Series of White Papers on the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008
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    This report is a collaborative effort among the FosteringConnections.org network partners, of with CDF is lead partner for the Kinship/Guardianship network. This report provides an update on the implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.
  • 02/08/13
    Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline
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    On February 8, 2013, the Children’s Defense Fund - Southern Regional Office released a new report, Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline™: Preventing Pushouts in Mississippi Schools. Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, gave a call to action on the critical need to reform Mississippi zero tolerance school discipline policies immediately and end the practice of suspensions and expulsions for nonviolent offenses. Edelman and her organization have been working in Mississippi for 40 years and see this as a crisis point for Mississippi children.
  • 02/01/13
    Full-Day Kindergarten in the States
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    CDF has taken a snap shot of the status of kindergarten in America in order to focus the national, state and local dialogue on the missing half-step of our public school K-12 system. View our interactive map and download your state's Full-Day K factsheet.
  • 01/18/13
    Protect Children, Not Guns: Gun Violence in the States, 2000-2010
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    In the 11 years following the Columbine High School shooting, a total of 32,108 children and teens died in gun homicides, suicides and accidents across the United States. This is an average of 2,919 children and teens, or 117 classrooms of 25 children each, dying every year for 11 years. Every state lost children to gun violence between 2000 and 2010. Find out the rate of child and teen gun deaths in your state with our new fact sheet.
  • 01/03/13
    Federal Policy Agenda: Ensure Every Child a Safe Start
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    CDF’s federal policy agenda to protect children instead of guns calls on the President and members of Congress to ensure every child a safe start through common sense gun safety laws, strengthened mental health resources, and a commitment to counter the culture of violence.
  • 01/03/13
    Protect Children, Not Guns 2013: Key Facts
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    The Protect Children, Not Guns 2013 factsheet provides key facts of the most recent and reliable national and state data on gun violence in America. A child or teen dies or is injured from guns every 30 minutes. 18,270 children and teens died or were injured from guns in 2010.
  • 12/03/12
    Protect Medicaid for Children
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    Medicaid is a lean, efficient, and popular program that enables children to become healthy, productive, taxpaying members of society. Without Medicaid’s strong protections, coverage guarantee and individualized health and mental health coverage, many children would go uninsured, increasing short and long term costs for states and local communities. As our nation’s leaders make critical decisions about America’s economic future, Medicaid -- which provides comprehensive health and mental health coverage for millions of children -- must remain exempt from cuts or structural changes that would undermine its critical protections.
  • Portrait of Inequality 11/13/12
    Portrait of Inequality 2012 - Black Children in America
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    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.
  • Portrait 11/13/12
    Portrait of Inequality 2012 - Hispanic Children in America
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    The economic crisis of the last five years has pushed Hispanic children and youth deeper and deeper into an abyss of poverty, hunger, homelessness and despair. Hispanic children and youth continue to face multiple risks from birth and throughout life that increase the danger of their becoming part of the Cradle to Prison Pipeline® crisis that leads to dead end lives.
  • GAP Report 11/01/12
    Making It Work: Using the Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP) to Close the Permanency Gap for Children in Foster Care
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    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.
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