If you’re not familiar with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT reports, click on over to the Kids Count website and peruse the latest offering, released in late July. The 2007 KIDS COUNT Data Book is available in print and in HTML and PDF formats. The dataa is also loaded into a searchable database where you can quickly call up a wealth of information about the condition of children in your state. You can also use the pulldown menu on thehomepage (it’s on the left side) to jump to your state’s Profile Page, then dig deeper into the 10 indicators used by Kids Countto measure overall child well-being.

For the “big picture” around each indicator, check out the theIndicator Briefs, which summarize research and includestrategies to address the underlying causes of problems surfaced by the indicator data.

In a July 25 press release , Laura Beavers, research associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, said that the latest report “contains some good and bad news. While well-being indicators have largely gotten better for teens, they’ve gotten worse for babies. We also see persistent disparities in outcomes for children of color, particularly African Americans.”

In addition to the annual information and statistical trends on conditions of America’s children and families, the 2007 report from the Casey Foundation looks at the 726,000 children in the United States who spend time in foster care each year and what can be done to build and strengthen the family relationships that these children need. Read the essay about foster care here.

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