As an advocate, you need access to data and information.
There are many other sources of excellent data on child welfare can help advocates make their case:
- ChildTrends has child welfare factsheets with state-level data on child maltreatment, foster care, and relative caregiving.
- The US federal Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) has lots of national and state-by-state data on children in foster care and in adoption.
- Child Welfare Information Gateway has vast resources, including research and data, on all aspects of adoption, foster care, kinship, and other child welfare topics.
- Kids Count is an annual project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation with extensive data on child and family well-being in the United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions about children and families.
- GrandFacts are state fact sheets for grandparents and other relatives raising children (developed with AARP and Generations United).
- The Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal has data on child abuse and neglect in Canada, including some information about foster care.
- The National Council for Adoption publishes key adoption statistics periodically.
- The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) releases Child Welfare Outcomes reports to inform Congress and professionals related to the child welfare field about national and state performance on several measures of outcomes for children served by child welfare systems throughout the country. The outcomes address the safety, permanency, and well-being of the children, and focus on widely accepted performance objectives for child welfare practice.