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Infants of Depressed Mothers Living in Poverty: Opportunities to Identify and Serve

August 25, 2010

Examines the prevalence of depression among mothers in poverty by race/ethnicity, age, family structure, prenatal care and feeding practices, and factors such as domestic violence. Explores intervention points and policy initiatives for support services.

Kids' Share 2010: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children

July 14, 2010

Examines 1960-2009 trends in federal spending and tax expenditures on children, including food stamps, tax credits, and Head Start. Analyzes the effects of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, projected funding through 2020, and implications.

Federal Expenditures on Elementary-Age Children in 2008 (Ages 6 through 11)

March 1, 2010

Examines 2008 federal expenditures on elementary-age children, where funds are spent, and how; estimates 2009-12 expenditures; and outlines policy issues affecting this age group, including the importance of high-quality education and obesity prevention.

Federal Expenditures on Pre-Kindergarteners and Kindergarteners in 2008 (Ages 3 through 5)

March 1, 2010

Examines 2008 federal, state, and local expenditures on benefits for children ages 3 to 5. Outlines the importance of high-quality care, education, and social services during pre-K and kindergarten years to developmental, economic, and health outcomes.

Public Investment in Children's Early and Elementary Years (Birth to Age 11)

March 1, 2010

Compares federal and state/local per-capita spending; funding areas such as health, education, and income support; and degree of targeting and means testing for different age groups. Discusses policy implications and the need to invest in early childhood.

Kids' Share: An Analysis of Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2008

December 9, 2009

Examines 2008 data and historic trends in federal spending and tax expenditures on children -- such as food stamps, tax credits, and Head Start -- compared with other priorities and within the children's share. Assesses projections through 2019.

Intentions and Results: A Look Back at the Adoption and Safe Families Act

December 1, 2009

Compiles papers and policy briefs examining the intended and unintended consequences for children, families, and the child welfare system of the 1997 law to prioritize child safety in case decision making and connect children to permanent families.

Family Security: Supporting Parents' Employment and Children's Development

July 15, 2008

Offers a policy framework combining support for full-time work with children's well-being and developmental needs: stability, health, nurturing, and activity. Calls for access to quality child care, parental leave time, and comprehensive family services.

Kids' Share 2008: How Children Fare in the Federal Budget

June 18, 2008

Provides an annual analysis of trends in federal spending and tax expenditures on children's programs -- such as food stamps, tax credits, and Head Start -- and assesses the impact of future budget planning on children.

Adoption and Foster Care by Gay and Lesbian Parents in the United States

March 27, 2007

Discussion and debate about adoption and foster care by gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) parents occurs frequently among child welfare policymakers, social service agencies, and social workers. They all need better information about GLB adoptive and foster parents and their children as they make individual and policy-level decisions about placement of children with GLB parents. This report provides new information on GLB adoption and foster care from the U.S. Census 2000, the National Survey of Family Growth (2002), and the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (2004).