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The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Book  provides policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being that in turn can enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.


Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Race for Results Report: Building a Path to Opportunity, examines the question: do all children have equal opportunity in the US?  Through the use of 12 indicators that serve as benchmarks, an index score is created for different racial groups, as well as for children in immigrant families.  Disparities in opportunity become apparent.  In South Dakota, American Indian children face the greatest obstacles to opportunities for success.  Policy recommendations, rooted in the research, are provided across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level.

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Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Opening Doors for Young Parents policy report reminds policymakers and child advocates of the barriers that young families face. It examines national and

state-level trends — highlighting areas of opportunity and concern — and then shares potential solutions that can help these families thrive.


Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Fostering Youth Transitions policy report, which utilizes the most comprehensive data set ever collected across all 50 states, fills in key details about the lives of young people who have experienced foster care. In no uncertain terms, the data describe how youth in foster care are falling behind their general population peers and on track to face higher levels of joblessness and homelessness as adults. With these challenges clear, Casey urges leaders to take action — to collect better data, support better practices and develop better policies — so that youth in care can get the support they need, transition to adulthood and thrive.

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