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Pew Social and Demographic Trends
The Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project studies behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives, including family, community, health, finance, work and leisure. The project explores these topics by combining original public opinion survey research with social, economic and demographic data analysis.


The Adoption and Foster Care Reporting and Analysis System (AFCARS)
Statistics for adoption and foster care.

Casey Family Services
For over 25 years, Casey Family Services has assisted vulnerable children and families. Today, programs operate throughout New England and in Baltimore, Maryland. Casey Family Services is a fully licensed and accredited non-profit child welfare agency providing a broad range of programs to meet the changing needs of vulnerable children and families.

Chapin Hall Center for Children, at the University of Chicago
Building knowledge to serve children is the mission of the Chapin Hall Center for Children. When it comes to addressing the needs of children, we must know more about the state of our children. We must understand the nature, extent, and consequences of the challenges they face. And we must be informed about how our society - government, communities, private organizations, and families - is faring in addressing these challenges.

National Council for Adoption
The National Council For Adoption is a useful resource for facts, data, information, and updates about domestic, foster care, and international adoption.


Administration on Aging, Dept. of Health and Human Services
AoA is the Federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns. In this role, AoA works to heighten awareness among other Federal agencies, organizations, groups, and the public about the valuable contributions that older Americans make to the Nation and alerts them to the needs of vulnerable older people. Through information and referral and outreach efforts at the community level, AoA seeks to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them.

The International Longevity Center
The International Longevity Center-USA (ILC-USA) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan research, policy and education organization whose mission is to help societies address the issues of population aging and longevity in positive and constructive ways and to highlight older people's productivity and contributions to their families and to society as a whole.

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) is a national resource for elder rights, law enforcement and legal professionals, public policy leaders, researchers, and the public. The Center's mission is to promote understanding, knowledge sharing, and action on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

New Age of Aging
The New Age of Aging is a five-year project of the Alliance for Children and Families to help our member agencies and their workforce prepare for the needs of older adults. Thanks to a $2.6 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies, we will work to build solutions and become change agents that bridge the gap between the human services community and the dynamics associated with an aging population that will affect us all.
Through the New Age of Aging, the Alliance and its members will develop new ideas to address the challenges and plan for the physical, social, and emotional needs of the new generation of older adults. This project will enable the Alliance to capitalize on the opportunities of our aging population.


The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Founded in 1948, the primary mission of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities, and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.

Child Abuse statistics

Child Trends
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization providing social science research to those who serve children and youth. To advance its mission, Child Trends collects and analyzes data; conducts, synthesizes, and disseminates research; designs and evaluates programs; and develops and tests promising approaches to research in the field.

The Child Trends DataBank
Continuously updated trend data with the latest national estimates for all indicators, Plain language reporting on trends and population subgroup differences informed by existing research, Color graphics and tables that can be downloaded directly into reports and presentations, PDF files for each indicator containing text, graphics, and tables in a concise and attractive format, Links that provide organized access to additional information available for each indicator including: State, local, and international estimates, Selected current research, Original source documents, National goals (where applicable)

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)
The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is a federally chartered corporation whose mission is to encourage a more active, engaged citizenry. Founded in 1946 to sustain the spirit of cooperation that bound citizens together during World War II, the NCoC was granted a federal charter by a unanimous act of the Congress in 1953.

Public Agenda
For over a quarter of a century, Public Agenda has been providing unbiased and unparalleled research that bridges the gap between American leaders and what the public really thinks about issues ranging from education to foreign policy to immigration to religion and civility in American life.


Bureau of Justice Statistics
To collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to Federal, State, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Casey Foundations
The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) was designed to support the Casey Foundation's vision that all youth involved in the juvenile justice system have opportunities to develop into healthy, productive adults.

Public Private Ventures
Public/Private Ventures is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs and community initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults. In carrying out this mission, P/PV works with philanthropies, the public and business sectors, and nonprofit organizations.


Center for Housing Policy
The Center for Housing Policy is the research affiliate of the National Housing Conference (NHC). In partnership with NHC and its members, the Center works to broaden understanding of the Nation's housing challenges and to examine the impact of policies and programs developed to address these needs. Combining research and practical, real-world expertise, the Center helps to develop effective policy solutions at the national, state and local levels that increase the availability of affordable homes.

National Housing Conference
For more than 75 years, the nonprofit National Housing Conference (NHC) has been the nation's premier public policy and affordable housing advocacy organization. A membership drawn from every industry segment forms the foundation for NHC's broad, nonpartisan advocacy for national policies and legislation that promote suitable housing in a safe, decent environment. NHC's nonprofit research affiliate, the Center for Housing Policy, works to broaden understanding of the Nation's housing challenges and to examine the impact of policies and programs developed to address these needs.


New Immigrant Survey
The New Immigrant Survey (NIS) is the first national survey of new permanent residents in the United States and was designed by researchers at four major academic institutions. The NIS seeks to learn more about the experiences of new immigrants and identify areas that could benefit from improvements. In 2003-2004 we interviewed 8,573 adult immigrants and 810 parent/guardians of child immigrants under 18 years of age.


Center for Family and Demographic Research, Bowling Green State University
The Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR) is a NIH-funded population research center dedicated to research, training, and service in demography. The CFDR integrates demographic methods, data, and perspectives with other social scientific approaches to understand the well-being of children and families. A special focus of research by CFDR affiliates addresses the public health and social problems facing at-risk children, adolescents, and families.

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum) is a collection of 20 Federal government agencies involved in research and activities related to children and families. The Forum's annual report, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, provides the Nation with a summary of national indicators of child well-being and monitors changes in these indicators over time.

Fragile Families
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is following a cohort of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 (roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents). We refer to unmarried parents and their children as "fragile families" to underscore that they are families and that they are at greater risk of breaking up and living in poverty than more traditional families. The Study was designed to primarily address four questions of great interest to researchers and policy makers: (1) What are the conditions and capabilities of unmarried parents, especially fathers?; (2) What is the nature of the relationships between unmarried parents?; (3) How do children born into these families fare?; and (4) How do policies and environmental conditions affect families and children?

The National Marriage Project, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
The mission of the National Marriage Project is to provide research and analysis on the state of marriage in America and to educate the public on the social, economic and cultural conditions affecting marital success and child wellbeing.


Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.



National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is the nation's leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America's low-income families and children. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positve outcomes for the next generation. We promote family-oriented solutions at the state and national levels.


Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire
The Carsey Institute conducts policy research on vulnerable children, youth, and families and on sustainable community development. We give policy makers and practitioners the timely, independent resources they need to effect change in their communities.

Rural Assistance Center
A product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Rural Initiative, the Rural Assistance Center (RAC) was established in December 2002 as a rural health and human services "information portal." RAC helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.


Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)
The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) is a public health surveillance system that monitors: " Drug-related visits to hospital emergency departments (EDs) and " Drug-related deaths investigated by medical examiners and coroners (ME/Cs).

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