Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
November 10, 2015
November is National Adoption Month

There are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States and 100,000 of these children are waiting to be adopted. In Rhode Island, 205 children in foster care were waiting to be adopted on the last day of FFY 2014.

For more details about this issue, see our Child Welfare Fact Sheet: Focus on Adoption. For more information about adopting a child from foster care, contact Adoption Rhode Island or the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families.

New Early Learning Fact Sheet: Focus on Evidence-Based Family Home Visiting
Focus on Evidence-Based Family Home Visiting includes data and information on infants born with key risk factors, and provides a comprehensive overview of Evidence-Based Family Home Visiting Programs in Rhode Island. 

Healthy brain development depends on attentive, nurturing caregiving in infancy and early childhood. Research shows that there is a negative impact on brain development when young children do not have consistent, supportive relationships with caregivers and are exposed to "toxic stress." Providing early and intensive support to families with multiple risk factors improves child well-being, including improved child welfare outcomes and reduced child maltreatment.
New National Report on Girls in the Juvenile Justice System 
Girls make up a growing percentage of youth involved in the juvenile justice system in the United States, according to a new national report. The study shows that over the past two decades, the share of incarcerated youth who are females increased by over 40%.

New National Report on Children of Incarcerated Parents
Parents Behind Bars: What Happens to Their Children? - a new report from ChildTrends - examines both the prevalence of parental incarceration and child outcomes associated with it, finding that more than five million U.S. children have had at least one parent in prison. For more information on children of incarcerated parents in Rhode Island, please click here
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