The Nation's Children 2017.
Child Welfare League of America.
Fact Sheet Statistics
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
727 15th Street, NW 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
This fact sheet presents data on children in the United States in the areas of child abuse and neglect, adoption and foster care, kinship care, child poverty and income support, child care and Head Start participation, health and substance abuse, vulnerable youth, home visiting programs, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, child welfare workforce, Social Services Block Grant funding, and funding of child welfare services. Findings indicate that in 2015: the poverty rate was 20.7% for children under 18; there were an estimated 3,957,000 total referrals for child abuse and neglect, and 1,826,820 of the reports were referred for investigation, as reported by 44 States; an estimated 683,487 children were substantiated as abused or neglected; of the 243,060 children exiting out-of-home care in 2015 in the United States, 123,894 were reunited with their parents or other family members and 22,303 children exited out-of-home care to guardianship; approximately 50,549 children were legally adopted through the public child welfare agency, a 0.39% decrease from 50,644 in 2014; of the 427,910 children living in out-of-home care, there were 111,820 children waiting to be adopted; 2,572,146 grandparents were responsible for his or her grandchildren in 2015; about 30% of foster care youth are reported to have severe behavioral, emotional, or developmental problems; an estimated 70-85% of foster children in need of mental health services do not receive such services; average caseworker turnover rates for child welfare agencies range from 20% to 40%; and federal spending on children fell from 3.2% in FY 2010 to 2.6% of GDP in FY 2015. 89 references.
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