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Resources by Topic: Child welfare

Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4)
Report to Congress regarding the rate of child abuse and neglect nationwide. Includes data and statistics of distribution of abuse and neglect by demographics, income and education level, perpetrator characteristics, and geographic location. Also includes resources to recognize and find treatment for victims.
Author(s): Andrea J. Sedlak, Jane Mettenburg, Monica Basena, et al.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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The 2009 Report to the Secretary: Rural Health and Human Services Issues
Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on issues related to rural America. Examines three key topics: workforce and community development, creating viable patient-centered medical homes, and serving at-risk children.
Date: 04/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Child Welfare: HHS Actions Would Help States Prepare Youth in the Foster Care System for Independent Living
Discusses states' activities to prepare youth in foster care for independent living under the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (FCIA). Includes some information specific to rural concerns.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Cornelia M. Ashby
Date: 07/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Rural Research Needs and Data Sources for Selected Human Services Topics
Provides an overview of rural human services. Reviews the literature on work supports for low-income families, substance abuse, and child welfare services, and describes gaps in the research. Identifies 80 data sources that could be used to conduct research on human services topics in rural areas. Provides recommendations to improve the quality and quantity of information available on rural human services.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Research Summary, Volume 1: Research Needs, Volume 2: Data Sources
Date: 08/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica Policy Research
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Arizona Department of Economic Security Documents Center
Searchable website of reports, forms, policies and procedures, and pamphlets providing information about specific programs and services in the state of Arizona. Topics cover homelessness, the Commodity Senior Food Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Documents are updated frequently and include data by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Department of Economic Security
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2015-2019 Child and Family Services Plan
Outlines the goals of Nevada's child and family services division, including preventing abuse and neglect, providing for children's physical and mental health needs, and more. Offers data related to Nevada's rural regions throughout and addresses some of the challenges of providing services to those areas.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
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Promising Futures
Focused on best practices for serving children, youth, and parents experiencing domestic violence. Includes model programs, steps to organizing and creating a support system, and research-informed strategies.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Futures Without Violence
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ICPSR: Find Data
A searchable collection of data, research studies, and publications on topics related to social and behavioral sciences. Most data sources included are public-use files with no access restrictions. Includes data from rural studies, as well as data sources that include rural-focused variables.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: ICPSR
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Synthesis: Training for Effective Child Welfare Practice in Rural Communities
Describes projects that developed, field tested, implemented and evaluated training curricula to provide effective child welfare services in rural communities.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
Connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information, resource libraries, and tools to help protect children and strengthen families. Includes information specific to serving families and children in rural communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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