Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
July 22, 2013
Child Welfare Factsheets
Focus on Adoption
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has released a new Child Welfare Factsheet, Focus on Adoption, which provides data and information on children adopted from the foster care system in Rhode Island. The Factsheet includes information on adoptive families in Rhode Island, and provides recommendations on how child welfare systems can promote permanency through adoption. 

Focus on Young Children in the Child Welfare System 
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT recently updated its Factsheet, Focus on Young Children in the Child Welfare System, to incorporate the newest available data.  
National KIDS COUNT Data Book
The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released the national 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual comprehensive state-by-state report on children's well-being. The report finds that Rhode Island ranks 26th in the nation for overall child well-being (1st is the best and 50th is the worst). Safety and Risky Behaviors Indicators include Child Abuse and Neglect, Juvenile Justice, and Out of Home Placement. Please see today's Providence Journal editorial about the rankings here.

State-by-state rankings and supplemental data are now available in the newly redesigned KIDS COUNT Data Center at www.datacenter.kidscount.org.
Fiscal Year 2014 Budget
RI State House
The Rhode Island General Assembly has approved the State Fiscal Year 2014 budget, which is now headed to Governor Chafee for his signature. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT testified on a number of budget provisions and other legislation this session. Stay tuned for our 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up, which will be coming soon.
National Homicide Rate Among Youth and Young Adults Reaches 30-Year Low
Recently released national data show that the homicide rate among youth and young adults ages 10 to 24 in the U.S. has reached a 30-year low. Despite these declines, homicide remains among the top three causes of death for this age group and additional interventions are needed to further reduce youth violence. For information on youth violence in Rhode Island, please see the Youth Violence, Gun Violence, and Teen Deaths indicators from the 2013 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook.
In This Issue
starChild Welfare Factsheets
starNational KIDS COUNT Data Book
starFiscal Year 2014 Budget
starNational Homicide Rate Among Youth and Young Adults Reaches 30-Year Low
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