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New KIDS COUNT Working Paper Issued on States’ Rankings on the Basis of Child Well-Being for Children in Low-Income Families - November 30, 2007
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a November 2007 KIDS COUNT Working Paper that ranks all 50 states in terms of the condition of children living in low-income families. The report uses 29 state-level indicators from one year (2003) of two new data sources - the National Survey of Children’s Health and the American Community Survey. This new information is an important look at a target population that is often the focus of public policies to improve the lives of children. 

13th Annual Baltimore Direct Service Grants Awardees Named - November 19, 2007
The Casey Foundation is pleased to announce its 2008 Baltimore Direct Service Grant program recipients: 33 organizations receiving grants to support their work on behalf of vulnerable children and families in Baltimore. The grants will support a range of programs, including those that help at-risk youth stay connected to their families, help low-income residents build job skills and overcome barriers to employment, and help improve the health and wellness of City residents. For the first time, some resources were specifically earmarked to support organizations addressing HIV/AIDS in Baltimore City. 

Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform Announced – September 25, 2007
The second Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform has been awarded to Community Care of North Carolina, a program that has established integrated care programs for the state’s Medicaid children and families. The $100,000 grant that accompanies the award will be used by Community Care to promote its state-level and national efforts. The Innovations in American Government Award Program has been administered by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government since 1986 and is an annual competition that recognizes how government can work to improve the quality of life for citizens. 

New State-Level Child Poverty Rates and Rankings Available on KIDS COUNT Website - August 30, 2007
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT online data system has been updated to include income, earnings, and poverty data from the 2006 American Community Survey that was released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. KIDS COUNT also features state-level child poverty rankings that are not currently available on the U.S. Census Bureau’s website.

2007 KIDS COUNT Data Book Released July 25 – July 25, 2007
On July 25, 2007, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 18th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children. (Note: A Spanish language version of the National News Release is also available.)

Child Health Report Finds Canada, U.S., Mexico Sharing Critical Problems – May 24, 2007
A new report sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that Canada, the U.S. and Mexico share a number of problematic health trends among children. Growing Up in North America: Child Health and Safety in Canada, the United States, and Mexico examines 58 health and safety indicators and reveals that increasing obesity, respiratory illness, and chemical exposure are among the biggest issues facing the120 million children in North America. The report is the second in a series of publications on child well-being from the Children in North America Project.

Updated Right Start Report Tracks U.S. Birth Information Across States and 50 Largest Cities - April 30, 2007
The Right Start for America's Newborns, City and State Trends has been updated to include 2004 data for the 8 indicators of healthy birth outcomes it has tracked yearly since 1990. For the first time, the report includes the percent of births to foreign-born mothers and birth outcomes by race and ethnicity at the national level.

The Casey Foundation Announces 2007-08 Children and Family Fellowship Class - March 30, 2007
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is pleased to announce its 2007-08 Children and Family Fellowship Class. The 16 men and women selected for the program are accomplished child welfare administrators, nonprofit leaders, and community development professionals from across the country, committed to helping low-income families succeed as parents, community members, and productive participants in the workforce and economy.

Applicants Sought for 2008 Baltimore Direct Services Grants Program - March 28, 2007
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has issued a call for grant proposals from local organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable children and families in Baltimore, including programs that help at-risk kids stay connected to supportive families, help low-income residents build workforce skills and overcome barriers to employment, and help improve the health and wellness of Baltimore City residents. 

KIDS COUNT Online Data Snapshot Series – March 1, 2007
One Out of Five U.S. Children is Living in an Immigrant Family. Using data from the KIDS COUNT State Level Data Online System, this latest snapshot highlights the 15.7 million children in immigrant families currently residing in the U.S. and includes background information on why it is critical to help this growing group of children and resources for improving their well-being.

Maryland Birth Delivery Methods Study Published - February 28, 2007
The Annie E. Casey Foundation provided funding for a study of whether Cesarean section deliveries are more expensive than vaginal deliveries. Using 2004 data from three Baltimore hospitals, the report authors found that contrary to popular belief, Cesarean section deliveries are less expensive, when total hospital charges for mother and newborn are analyzed. The report is significant because it provides evidence for policy makers and health care payors to ask new questions about the mode of delivery and prenatal care and to look at the whole health of mother and baby.

KIDS COUNT Online Data Snapshot Series
 – November 28, 2006
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its third Data Snapshot, which is part of the series that highlights specific indicators of child well-being contained in the KIDS COUNT State-Level Data Online system. Recent data from the U.S. Census shows that in 2005, nearly 29 million U.S. children lived in low-income families. The majority of these children had at least one parent who worked regularly. This Snapshot provides statistics on low-income working families, state-by-state rankings, background on the barriers parents face to provide for their families, and resources for helping working families succeed.

African-American Families Treated Differently in the Child Welfare System – October 24, 2006
African-American children and youth are not only over-represented in the nation’s child welfare systems, but are also subjected to poorer treatment within those systems than are their Caucasian counterparts, a new study released today has confirmed. These and other findings are part of “Synthesis of Research on Disproportionality in Child Welfare: An Update,” authored by Dr. Robert B. Hill for the Casey-Center for the Study of Social Policy Alliance for Racial Equity.  

Casey Honored for Innovations in Juvenile Justice Reform – October 20, 2006
The Annie E. Casey Foundation received the coveted Katie Nichols Award for 2006 from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for its innovations in system-wide juvenile justice and child welfare reforms. Through its Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), Casey promotes reducing the number of children unnecessarily or inappropriately detained; minimizing the number of youth who fail to appear in court; redirecting public funds toward successful reform strategies; and improving conditions of confinement.

Casey Foundation Conference on Reforming Foster Care – September 11, 2006
The 2006 National Convening on Youth Permanence, to be held September 13-15, 2006 in Washington, D.C., is an annual conference that brings together nearly 400 child welfare commissioners and directors, judges, attorneys, providers, and youth from across the country to discuss challenges and solutions to finding and maintaining permanent family connections for the more than 255,000 young people who are 11 or older and in foster care. For more information, please visit www.CaseyFamilyServices.org.

KIDS COUNT Online Data Snapshot Series – September 8, 2006
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its second Data Snapshot, part of the KIDS COUNT series, which highlights the decline in the number of teen mothers in the United States. Research shows that the drop in teen pregnancy and teen birth rates over the past decade is a result of increased abstinence, higher contraceptive use, and more effective contraception methods. Although teen motherhood rates have dropped across all major race groups, American-Indian, African-American, and Latino teens are still two to four times as likely as Non-Hispanic White and Asian-Pacific Islander teens to bear a child before entering adulthood. Teen childbearing can have long-term negative effects on both the adolescent mother and the newborn. The United States teen birth rates still remain higher than those of other industrialized countries. This data in the Snapshot and more than 100 other indicators of child well-being can be found in the KIDS COUNT State-Level Data Online System.

2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book Released June 27- June 27, 2006
On June 27, 2006, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 17th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

Groundbreaking Report On Well-Being of Kids in Canada, U.S., and Mexico - May 3, 2006
On May 2nd in Washington, D.C., the Children in North America Project held a briefing to highlight a new, first-of-its-kind report that examines the state of child well-being in North America. Growing Up in North America: Child Well-Being in Canada, the United States & Mexico has been produced by the Children in North America Project Partners – the Canadian Council on Social Development, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Red por los Derechos de la Infancia en México.

New KIDS COUNT Online Data Snapshot Series - March 3, 2006
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its first Data Snapshot, part of the KIDS COUNT series, that highlights the state differences in rates of overweight and obese youth. Approximately 10 million, or 31 percent of U.S. children and youth ages 10 to 17, are overweight or obese. Rates of overweight and obese youth vary widely across gender, race, income, and geography. Overall, KIDS COUNT data show that the eight states with the highest rates of overweight or obese youth also experience high rates of childhood poverty and generally score low on measures of child well-being. The data in the Snapshot and more than 100 other indicators of child well-being can be found in the KIDS COUNT State-Level Data Online System.

Applicants Sought for 2007 Baltimore Direct Services Grants Program - February 16, 2006
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has issued a call for grant proposals from local organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable children and families in Baltimore, including programs that help low-income residents build workforce skills and overcome barriers to employment, improve outcomes for at-risk youth, and support family strengthening efforts. 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation Awards $500,000 Unrestricted Grants to Three Nonprofit Organizations - November 21, 2005
The Annie E. Casey Foundation announced today that the Atlantic Street Center in Seattle, WA; Grace Hill Settlement House in St. Louis, MO; and the Georgia Justice Center in Atlanta, GA are being recognized as innovators in family and community strengthening activities through Families Count: The National Honors Program. The Families Count program, now in its sixth year, honors organizations that improve odds for vulnerable children by helping to strengthen their families and neighborhoods.

11th Annual Baltimore Direct Service Grants Program Awardees Named - October 5, 2005
The Annie E. Casey Foundation today announced grants awarded to 32 organizations in Baltimore for this year’s Baltimore Direct Service Grants Program. The program supports innovative ideas and practices of organizations that help to improve the lives of the city’s most vulnerable kids and families. The program is administered by the Associated Black Charities.

Media Advisory for National Conference of State Leislatures Annual Meeting, August 17-19, 2005 - August 15, 2005
Foundation President Doug Nelson to brief legislators on helping vulnerable families succeed, new KIDS COUNT website featuring first ever state legislative district level data on kids and families to be launched.

Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform - August 4, 2005
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is collaborating with Harvard University’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation to offer a special award that recognizes innovative government initiatives in the area of children and family services. The winner in the 2006 competition will receive a $100,000 award from the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation for replication activities.

2005 KIDS COUNT Release - July 27, 2005
The 16th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, featuring national and state-by-state measures of child well-being in America and a close look at families with the most difficulty connecting to and staying in the workforce, was released today.

May is National Foster Care Month- May 1, 2005
National Foster Care Month is the beginning of a national campaign by leading child welfare agencies, advocates, experts, and foster care alumni to enlist more public participation in activities that make a positive difference in the lives of young people in foster care, and connect more than a half a million at-risk youth to caring adults and the other year-round support they need.

Casey Family Services Foster Parent Conference - April 1, 2005
"Children, Families and Communities: Connections Count for a Lifetime" brought together more than 500 foster parents, Casey alumni, adoptive parents, Casey staff and leading experts for a free exchange of ideas, information, and strategies that improve the lives of children.

Updated Right Start Report Tracks U.S. Birth Information Across States and 50 Largest Cities - February 2, 2005
The Right Start For America's Newborns: City and State Trends has been updated to include 2002 data, adding to the birth information the report has tracked yearly since 1990. The report focuses on measures of child well-being reflecting conditions prior to birth; a newborn's health status at birth; and maternal characteristics that are associated with a child's educational and social outcomes.

New KIDS COUNT Data Book Examines Child Well-Being in America’s Rural Communities and Large Cities - January 13, 2005
A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses 10 key measures of child well-being to track the conditions of children living in the rural (non-metropolitan) portion of each state as well as 71 large cities across the country, providing objective data needed to help policymakers make better decisions for kids and families.