This paper, an extension of Casey's 2004 KIDS COUNT Data Book, examines national and state-level trend data on five types of vulnerable youth.
How experts crunched numbers for five groups of vulnerable youth.
Data on the number of young people in foster care.
Statistics on teen pregnancy rates.
Trends on the number of youth in juvenile detention facilities.
The number of 15- to 17-year-old victims of maltreatment jumped at least 20% in nine states from 2000 to 2003.
Despite only modest increases in the nation’s foster care population among youth ages 15 to 19, 17 states saw caseload increases of at least 20%.
In 1997, more than 105,000 youth were living in juvenile justice residential treatment facilities across America. Six years later? 96,655.
From 1999 to 2003, the number of teen mothers dropped steadily across the country in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.