KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a premier source of data on children and families. Each year, the Foundation produces comprehensive reports — including the KIDS COUNT Data Book — that assesses child well-being in the United States. These publications can be found at the KIDS COUNTS website (available here). The indicators featured in the Data Book are also available in the Data Center.
The Data Center includes copious data on the demographics of kids in MA and nationally, and on indicators of child well-being for a number of child welfare specific issues, including but not limited to:
- Number of children in the care of grandparents
- Number of children in kinship care
- Indicators regarding child abuse and neglect
- Indicators regarding out of home placements (including number of children aging out with no permanent families, number of placements per foster care episode)
- Indicators about child welfare involvement by race and ethnicity