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Resources by Topic: Child welfare

Child Maltreatment 2022
Reports on rates of children receiving child protective services, children who died of abuse and neglect, and children who are victims of maltreatment, using data collected from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). Offers information on availability and access to child protective services at the state and territory level, including how some counties respond to child abuse and neglect screenings, referrals, and the provision of services. Includes data broken down by race/ethnicity as well as discussions specific to rural and tribal areas.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Child Support Engagement in Rural and Non-Rural Counties: More Engagement and Lower Amount Owed in Rural Areas
Explores differences in engagement in child support for custodial parents living in rural and nonrural areas. Compares the percentage of different types of child support agreements, expected child support payments, and actual child support payments received by custodial parents between 2010 and 2018. Identifies opportunities for federal, state, and tribal agencies to better serve custodial parents and their children through the Title IV-D program and other services.
Author(s): Maretta McDonald, Robin Ghertner
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Relative Foster Care Is Increasing Among American Indian and Alaska Native Children in Foster Care
Provides information on the percentage increase of relative foster care among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children between 2018 and 2021 in 8 states with the largest proportion of AI/AN children.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Child Trends
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New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department 2023-2024 Annual Progress and Services Plan (APSR)
Reports on progress made towards outcomes in the areas of child welfare services, early childhood services, behavioral health services, and juvenile justice services. Addresses issues specific to rural areas, collaboration with tribes in the state, and coordination with the state Medicaid system for the behavioral and physical health needs of children, families, and youth in New Mexico.
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department
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Young Adult Homelessness: Options to Improve Employment and Housing Security
Discusses issues related to youth homelessness, such as the criminal justice system, foster care, education, lack of resources, underemployment, and experiences specific to rural areas. Provides policy options and examples that address youth homelessness.
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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Race, Poverty, and Foster Care Placement in the United States: Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional Perspectives
Examines how changes in poverty rate are related to foster care placements for Black and White children. Utilizes longitudinal data from 2000 to 2015 to analyze related socio-ecological factors and includes statistics on poverty, foster care admissions rates, and child population, further broken down according to urbanicity.
Author(s): Fred Wulczyn, Xiaomeng Zhou, Jamie McClanahan, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(16), 6572
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
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Beyond Checking the Box: How Participating in a Breakthrough Series Collaborative Supported the Efforts of Five Child Welfare Agencies to Engage Fathers and Paternal Relatives
Examines the impact of the collaborative learning approach titled Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC), part of the Fathers and Continuous Learning in Child Welfare (FCL) project, that aims to engage fathers and paternal relatives in the child welfare process. Analyzes organizational culture, staff, and program outcomes of 5 child welfare agencies, including one in a rural setting.
Author(s): Scott Baumgartner, Nickie Fung, Allon Kalisher, et al.
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, Mathematica
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Strategies to Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Ohio
Examines strategies to reduce adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in Ohio. Focuses on caregiver skills training, violence prevention programs, social-emotional learning in schools, and mentoring programs. Includes county-level data on families enrolled in prevention services as well as discussions centered on rural and/or Appalachian areas.
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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State of Nevada Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Prevention Plan
Plan outlining both current and proposed services and interventions offered for child welfare in Nevada, discussing prevention, evaluation, child monitoring, and workforce support. Discusses rural throughout.
Date: 07/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Division of Children & Family Services, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
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Family Strengthening Research: 2022 Report
Provides an overview of the Division of Family Strengthening's (DFS) major research investments through 2022. Reports on DFS focus areas: strengthening and supporting relationships, fatherhood, children, and families; reducing teen pregnancy and supporting positive youth development; and preventing family violence. Includes discussions on programs and issues specific to tribal and rural communities.
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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