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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

This guide highlights a wide range of best practices – everything from big picture improvements to frontline fixes – that juvenile justice facilities can implement to advance the safety and well-being of a particularly vulnerable population: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)  youth.                                                                                                                                            

It is the eleventh installment in a series devoted to the Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). A multi-year, multi-site project, JDAI aims to reduce reliance on secure confinement while championing more efficient and effective detention alternatives.    

September 28, 2015

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KIDS COUNT Checkup: A Look at Low Birth Weight Babies

Today in America, about 1 in 13 newborns — 319,000 babies total — is born at a low birth weight. This statistic has fallen by more than 28,000 newborns in the last seven years, according to the KIDS COUNT Data Book.

Published July 20, 2016

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KIDS COUNT Data Check: Teen Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

New data from the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book shows that America's teen birth rate has greatly improved in recent years. This historic low is encouraging as teenage childbearing can have negative consequences for both the mother and newborn.

Published July 6, 2016

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A New Opportunity for States: Parents and Children Thriving Together Initiative

States, commonwealths and territories can apply now through Aug. 10 for a new initiative called Parents and Children Thriving Together. The initiative, led by the National Governors Association and the Center for Law and Social Policy, offers support for states as they develop and implement two-generation strategies. 

Published July 6, 2016

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What We Know

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Proven Programs for Youth

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development helps communities and professionals find and fund proven programs that promote children’s health and development.

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Youth Incarceration Drops

The U.S. lock-up rate for young people is rapidly declining. Check out our infographic underscoring the sea change in youth confinement that is underway.

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What is Permanence?

Every child needs and deserves to grow up in a safe, loving and nurturing family – a family whose support is unconditional and will last a lifetime.

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Relative Caregivers on the Rise

One in 11 U.S. kids will live in kinship care at some point before the age of 18. What can we do to support relative caregivers to ensure that their children thrive.

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Detention Reform for Girls

Effectively serving girls are among the most difficult issues facing detention leaders. We offer a how-to guide to help administrators create needed reforms.

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First Eight Years are Critical

This KIDS COUNT policy report makes the case for investing in an integrated and comprehensive solution to meet the developmental needs of all children through age 8, 

Stories From the Field

Network Helps Communities Improve Third Grade Reading

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Today, more than 140 cities, counties and towns are part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a community of places with comprehensive, locally owned plans to improve school readiness, reduce chronic absence and promote summer learning to put students on track for third grade reading success. One of these communities is Providence, Rhode Island.

It is really important to me that we are successful in educating our kids," says Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, who was encouraged by a school teacher to pursue his dream to become a layer. "I see the children in our schools and they remind me of what a lifeline education was for me.