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Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States

This KIDS COUNT data snapshot illustrates how outdated methods measuring poverty in the United States are giving an inaccurate picture of how families are really faring and what public programs are actually working. The brief introduces the more accurate Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). 

February 25, 2015

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New Report Documents Continuing Rampant Maltreatment of Incarcerated Youth

In its 2011 report, No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration, the Casey Foundation showed that heavy reliance on correctional confinement frequently exposes youth to severe maltreatment. In a new 2015 report, the Foundation has updated those findings. The news is not good.

Published June 24, 2015

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We are One Baltimore

Baltimore's Mayor has announced the creation of One Baltimore as a comprehensive public-private initiative to support opportunities for the city’s children, families and neighborhoods. One Baltimore will focus on areas the Casey Foundation knows are critical to the long-term success of this community and its citizens.

Published May 27, 2015

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Every Kid Needs a Family: Putting Kin First in Washington, D.C.

When young people come into the care of the child welfare system and cannot live with their own parents, the next best thing a caseworker can do is to find a loving relative or close friend who can keep the child close to home in every sense. Washington, D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency has made finding kin a top priority, creating a rapid turnaround process to make it as easy as possible for kin to take on the responsibility of caring for a young person.

Published May 19, 2015

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In Their Best Interest: Placing Kids in Families From the Start

Research shows that families are essential to a child’s healthy development. Additionally, federal law requires that children removed from their homes are placed in the least restrictive setting possible — the setting most like a family. Yet a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report found that 4 out of 10 children in group placements had no reason warrenting such a restrictive setting.

Published May 19, 2015

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The Orphanage Evolves: Providers Shift to Put More Kids in Families

Today, private providers of residential placements based on the ophanage model are now moving to serve more young people in families. Learn now long-time providers in New York and California are adjusting thier services to better connect kids in child welfare with families.

Published May 19, 2015

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Too Many Kids in U.S. Child Welfare Systems Not Living in Families

On any given night, about 57,000 children under the care of our nation’s child welfare systems are going to bed without the care and comfort of a family. In its latest KIDS COUNT policy report, Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success, the Foundation highlights this and other sobering statistics that point to the urgent need to ensure, through sound policies and proven practices, that everything possible is being done to find loving, nurturing and supported families to help raise more of these children.

Published May 19, 2015

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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.