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Changing the Odds: Comprehensive Solutions for Atlanta's Future

May 2, 2024

In 2015, the Foundation released Changing the Odds: The Race for Results in Atlanta, which explored systemic barriers that keep Atlanta's kids from reaching their full potential. Exploring data on the communities where children and their families live, their educational experiences and outcomes and their access to economic opportunities, the 2015 report highlighted a racial divide between wealthier, majority-white communities to the north of Interstate 20 (I-20) and lower-income communities of color to the south. Charged with the need to identify solutions to address the barriers to opportunity revealed by the data, the Foundation convened a group of local leaders to form the Changing the Odds Network during the development of the report in December 2014. Four years later, the Foundation's Changing the Odds: Progress and Promise in Atlanta report reexamined the data and proposed policies and approaches — several of them advanced by members of the Changing the Odds Network — that showed promise for dismantling the barriers to opportunity faced by Atlanta families. As in many communities across the country, Atlanta residents experienced devastating setbacks during the COVID-19 pandemic, with disparate effects for Black children, young adults, families and communities. The pivot to online learning quickly revealed long-standing educational inequities, including unequal access to digital technology. Black children were less likely to have access to computers and digital devices as well as the broadband connections necessary for virtual learning, while their parents were less likely to be able to work virtually from their homes. Black Atlantans experienced a disproportionate number of deaths caused by the pandemic in part due to being more likely to be exposed to the virus from holding positions as frontline workers and facing greater barriers to health care access.Atlanta is a city of great promise, but we know that opportunity isn't evenly distributed. This 2024 report builds on the first two Changing the Odds reports, shining a light on disparities, progress and promising solutions led by organizations and coalitions to ensure all Atlantans can live in thriving communities, receive a quality education and have access to economic opportunity to realize their full potential.

Supporting Unlicensed Kinship Caregivers, Family Ties: Analysis From a State-By-State Survey of Kinship Care Policies

April 8, 2024

A policy survey fielded in 2022 for the Annie E. Casey Foundation by Child Trends shines new light on inequitable support for children living with unlicensed kinship caregivers. This brief shares findings about states' placement requirements, services and financial assistance for unlicensed caregivers. The role of unlicensed kinship caregivers in children's lives is no less than that of licensed foster parents, kin or unrelated; and the expenses of caring for children are the same. Yet unlicensed caregivers do not have the same access to support as kin or non-kin licensed foster parents, the survey found. Many agencies offer these caregivers fewer and different types of support and training. The survey asked states about policies not practices, therefore some states may provide additional support or conduct approval processes that were not included in their survey responses. 

Unlocking Foster Care Licensing for More Kinship Caregivers, Family Ties: Analysis From a State-By-State Survey of Kinship Care Policies

March 19, 2024

This brief explores survey data about two state policies that can help kinship caregivers obtain foster home licenses. The first policy is provisional or emergency licensure — a process through which kin receive a temporary license that allows them to begin caring for a child who is in state custody before the caregivers have met all required standards of foster parent licensing. A timely placement with relatives or close family friends can help reduce the trauma of being separated from parents, siblings, friends, communities and social support resources such as schools and churches. The second policy governs the availability of waivers for certain foster home licensing requirements that do not affect a child's safety. These policies can reduce barriers to licensure — and all the resources associated with licensure — for relatives. 

Family Ties: Analysis From a State-By-State Survey of Kinship Care Policies

March 14, 2024

Family binds us together. Consistent, loving relationships with family, relatives and close family friends — often called kin — are essential for supporting child and adolescent development. When children are not able to live with their parents, research and firsthand accounts show they thrive best with kin. Kinship caregivers offer stability and connections to family, community, culture and education. Supporting these relationships is vital for children involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems, and especially crucial for Black, Indigenous and Latino communities to safeguard their children and heritage against discriminatory practices, policies and barriers that have persisted for generations.Although states and the federal government agree that kin are a critical resource, particularly for children and youth who come to the attention of the child welfare system, states vary widely in their policies for kin placement and support. To help build an understanding of the full landscape of kinship policies across states and to identify needed improvements, the Annie E. Casey Foundation asked Child Trends to conduct a survey of state child welfare administrators. The survey, fielded in 2022, updates and expands on the findings of a similarly comprehensive survey conducted in 2007. Agencies in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico received the 2022 survey. Forty-six completed it.The 2022 survey offers a broad look at state policies on kinship caregiving across many stages of child welfare involvement. This executive summary highlights the survey's key findings. Other briefs in this series will provide a deeper examination of topics important to local, state and federal policy discussions. Comparisons of the 2022 and 2007 survey data reveal 15 years of progress, long-standing challenges and emerging opportunities for policymakers and others to strengthen kinship caregiving.

Race for Results: Building a Pathway to Opportunity for All Children

January 10, 2024

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its latest Race for Results® report a decade after its inaugural publication, revealing progress in some areas but persistent disparities for children of color in the United States.The report utilizes Casey's Race for Results index based on 12 indicators of child and youth well-being, showing that improvements have been made in at least six out of 11 comparable indicators across racial and ethnic groups over the past decade. Despite this progress, the nation falls short in adequately preparing children to achieve crucial milestones, with no racial or ethnic group coming close to the maximum score of 1,000 on the index.The report emphasizes the need for targeted investments in children of color to eliminate long-standing barriers and address specific needs. While there has been an increase in attention to the circumstances and needs of young people, disparities persist. The national index scores range from 386 for Black children to 771 for Asian and Pacific Islander children. State-level variations indicate that experiences differ widely based on location, with Vermont, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine having some of the highest index scores and smallest gaps among racial and ethnic groups.Youth of color constitute a slight majority of young Americans, and 1 in 4 children in the U.S. grows up in an immigrant family. The report stresses the importance of equitable access to opportunity for children of color, emphasizing the role of their contributions in maintaining the country's health and economic security. The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the urgency of ensuring all children can thrive, with policy solutions like the time-limited expansion of the federal child tax credit showcasing the improvements to families' financial stability.

Changing Course in Youth Detention: Reversing Widening Gaps by Race and Place

August 3, 2023

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has found large and widening gaps in youth detention by race and place in its three-year analysis of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on juvenile justice systems. When it comes to the odds of being detained, young people in the United States live in different worlds, depending on their race and the region and jurisdiction where they reside. The disproportionate use of detention for Black youth — already distressingly high before the pandemic — has increased. Also, over that three-year period, where youth lived mattered to a greater extent to their odds of being detained than it did before.

2023 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being

June 14, 2023

The 34th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT® Data Book describes how the country's lack of affordable and accessible child care negatively affects children, families and U.S. businesses.This year's publication continues to present national and state data across four domains — economic well-being, education, health and family and community — and ranks states in overall child well-being. The report includes pre-pandemic figures as well as more recent statistics, and shares the latest information of its kind available.

Fostering Youth Transitions 2023: State and National Data to Drive Foster Care Advocacy

May 8, 2023

The transition from adolescence to adulthood is always a time of great change. For young people who have experienced the trauma of being removed from their families and entering foster care, states become responsible for providing the support and learning opportunities that help teenagers and young adults keep pace with their peers and grow into productive, healthy adults.This resource is a unique compilation of data designed to inform federal and state policy efforts aimed at making a difference for young people in foster care. This overview brief and detailed profiles of the latest available data from all 50 states, along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, expand on the Annie E. Casey Foundation's first Fostering Youth Transitions brief, published in 2018. The expanded data report for 2023 offers state data profiles that trace the experiences of young people ages 14 to 21 who were in foster care between 2006 and 2021. These publications can help advocates, policymakers and practitioners raise national awareness of the unmet needs of young people who experience foster care and spur data-driven systems and policy change to help youth succeed in adulthood.

The Changing Child Population of the United States: First Data from the 2020 Census

April 3, 2023

The United States is a wonderfully diverse nation, and its child population represents a kaleidoscope of races and nationalities. For all children to thrive, the basic needs of every young person — from every demographic group — must be met.This report compares 2020 census results to historical data. It explores how the U.S. child population is decreasing in size, increasing in diversity and changing substantially at the state and city levels.Among the changes highlighted in the publication:The nation's child population count fell from 74.2 million in 2010 to 73.1 million in 2020. During this same time-frame, 27 states plus Puerto Rico saw their total child count fall.Children of color are taking up an increasingly larger share of the total child population. These children grew from representing just 26% of all kids in 1980 to 53% in 2020.The total headcount for children of color grew in 46 states plus the District of Columbia, and this statistic grew fastest in three states — Texas, Florida and Washington.

Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness in America

March 8, 2023

Not all young people have the benefit of growing up in a safe and stable home. In fact: Across America, 1 in 30 youth between the ages of 13 to 24 and 1 in 10 young adults between the ages of 18 to 25 will experience homelessness over the course of a year. This scenario — which occurs during an important developmental period — can inject trauma into a young person's life, limit their growth and carry costly community consequences.In recognition of these challenges, the Annie E. Casey Foundation is joining partners in the field, such as Funders Together to End Homelessness, to ensure that young people have safe, stable housing access to meaningful educational and economic opportunities.This brief, released by the Foundation, shares facts about youth homelessness in America. It also reviews the nation's current response to youth homelessness, the risks that young people face when homeless, and what leaders can be doing to prevent and end housing instability among young people today.

Juvenile Justice: Young People and Restorative Justice

November 14, 2022

Restorative justice models present an alternative way for communities and lawmakers to understand and respond to crime. These models give people who have been harmed the opportunity to be heard, ask questions, seek restoration and gain closure. At the same time, individuals responsible for the crime gain an opportunity to apologize and make amends.This report, produced by the National Conference of State Legislatures, examines restorative justice as a promising approach to juvenile justice reform. The document describes various restorative justice models and how they work to repair harm caused by delinquent acts while balancing the needs of the victim, the individual who committed the offense and the community at large.

2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book: 2022 state trends in child well-being

August 8, 2022

The 33rd edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT® Data Book describes how children in America are in the midst of a mental health crisis, struggling with anxiety and depression at unprecedented levels.This year's publication continues to present national and state data across four domains — economic well-being, education, health and family and community — and ranks states in overall child well-being. The report includes pre-pandemic figures as well as more recent statistics, and shares the latest information of its kind available.