Data and Publications

Federal data sources and CDF publications relevant to child maltreatment and other child welfare concerns

CDF uses the latest data compiled by the federal government to track national and state level data on child maltreatment, foster care, and other relevant child welfare activities to assess trends and identify areas for improving the outcomes of children involved in the child welfare system. 

Child Poverty in America 2015 National FactSheet

Poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 13, 2016 reveal child poverty declined last year to 14.5 million poor children, one million fewer than in 2014, but still higher than before the recession began in 2007.

September 13, 2016

Family First Prevention Services Letter of Support

September 6, 2016

FFPSA Short Summary

The Family First Prevention Services Act redirects federal funds to provide services to keep children safely with their families and out of foster care, and when foster care is needed allows federal reimbursement only for family-based settings and certain residential treatment programs for children with emotional and behavioral disturbance requiring special treatment.

June 30, 2016

DetailedSummary_FamilyFirstPreventionServicesAct_7-1-16

The bipartisan, bicameral Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (H.R. 5456, S. 3065) was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 13 and in the Senate on June 16. This legislation allows for federal child welfare dollars to be used on prevention investments and encourages the placement of children in foster care in the least restrictive, most family-like settings appropriate to their special needs. The bill also extends and updates other important child welfare provisions to help abused and neglected children that were expiring in FY2016. It represents an historic step forward for vulnerable children and families and signals the continuing bipartisan and bicameral commitment of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees to work together to improve outcomes for children who come to the attention of the child welfare system. The bill passed the House on June 21 and awaits a vote in the Senate.

July 1, 2016

Family First Prevention Service Act DETAILED SUMMARY

The bipartisan, bicameral Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (H.R. 5456, S. 3065) was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 13 and in the Senate on June 16. This legislation allows for federal child welfare dollars to be used on prevention investments and encourages the placement of children in foster care in the least restrictive, most family-like settings appropriate to their special needs.

June 21, 2016

Family First Prevention Service Act DETAILED SUMMARY

The bipartisan, bicameral Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (H.R. 5456, S. 3065) was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 13 and in the Senate on June 16. This legislation allows for federal child welfare dollars to be used on prevention investments and encourages the placement of children in foster care in the least restrictive, most family-like settings appropriate to their special needs.

June 21, 2016

CDF_MWE Letter of Support_Family First Prevention Services Act

The Family First Prevention Services Act takes important steps to ensure children who need foster care will be placed in the least-restrictive most family-like setting appropriate to their needs, and gives special attention to children whose emotional or other special needs require residential treatment.

June 13, 2016

MaryLee Allen - Public Comments ESSA Title I Regs

CDF has been advocating for more than 40 years for closing the achievement gap for poor children, Black children and other children of color, children with disabilities, and children with other special needs. CDF has expressed our extreme concerns about the diminished federal role in the new act. However, we believe it is critically important to help states now implement meaningful state accountability systems and measures to promote achievement by vulnerable subgroups of children. The Department’s remaining rulemaking and guidance authority is essential to make that happen.

January 11, 2016

2015 Protect Children, Not Guns Fact Sheet

2014 Child Gun Deaths

December 18, 2015

Summary of the Family Stability and Kinship Care Act

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced the Family Stability and Kinship Care Act (S. 1964, H.R. 3781), which provides for important new investments in a range of prevention and family services to help keep children safely with family and out of foster care.

October 1, 2015

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