This issue of Casey Connects highlights the 2000 KIDS COUNT Data Book essay along with Casey initiatives and partnerships out to transform the lives of families and children — be it through better job training, social connections, immigrant supports or direct family services. Readers learn what Casey and partners recommend to improve employment opportunities beyond the Jobs Initiative, to increase immigrant and refugee services through Making Connections, and to connect families to services through Casey Family Services’ new location in Baltimore, Maryland and Casey’s long-term Neighborhood Transformation/Family Development initiative.
Too many poor kids live in families that lack essential connections to succeed
Findings & Stats
In 2000, 20%t of urban poor households didn’t have a telephone; 50% didn’t have cars; and 84% didn’t have home computers.
On the Uptick
Children of immigrant and refugee families are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population.
A Family Divided
In 85% of immigrant families, at least one child is a citizen and one parent is not.
Statements & Quotations
There’s something wrong when we can predict awful outcomes for some children simply by knowing their zip codes.
– Ralph Smith, vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Foundation drew heavily on the lessons of Casey Family Services when it launched a new generation of work dedicated to the notion that children do better when their families are strong and families do better when they live in supportive neighborhoods.
Each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation paints a statistical portrait of how children are faring in this country in its KIDS COUNT Data Book.