Merkel-Holguin LA, with Sobel AJ. 1993. The child welfare stat book 1993. Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America, 156 pp.
Annotation: This statistical compilation provides ready access to data on a wide range of child and adolescent health issues. The book is organized by subject. Under adolescent pregnancy, the topics covered include prenatal care, number of new and repeat pregnancies, number of births, sexual activity, and contraceptive use. The adoption section gives the number of successful placements, including those of special health needs children, along with figures on adoption assistance claims and recipients. Substantiation rates and mortality rates in child abuse are presented in addition to statistics of abuse by age, race, gender, type of maltreatment, and relationship of perpetrator. Child care data include figures on availability, costs, and Head Start enrollments. Education statistics focus on public school expenditures per pupil as well as high school completion and dropout rates by age and by race. The health insurance section features a chart of states with budget proposals to cut Medicaid expenditures in fiscal year 1993 along with figures on both the number of children receiving Medicaid and those lacking health insurance altogether. Annual incarceration rates and one-day census counts are included in the juvenile justice section. The nutrition chapter features charts on low birthweight babies, WIC, food stamps, and The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. The out-of-home care section gives both the total number and average monthly number of children in foster care, placement characteristics, duration of stay, monthly maintenance rates, estimates of kinship care, and information on residential group care and independent living services. Other chapters focus on general demographic factors, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, children with HIV/AIDS, adolescent alcohol and drug use, infant mortality, and homelessness. A subsequent edition of this publication is called "Child Abuse and Neglect: A Look at the States."
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Keywords: AIDS, Adolescent pregnancy, Adoption, Age groups, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Alcohol abuse, Alcohol rehabilitation, Child abuse, Child care, Child mortality, Child neglect, Child sexual abuse, Children with special health care needs, Contraceptive use, Drug abuse, Drug affected children, Drug affected infants, Education, Food Stamp Program, HIV, Head Start, Health insurance, Homeless persons, Infant mortality, Juvenile justice, Low birthweight infants, Medicaid, Multicultural populations, Out of home care, Pediatric AIDS, Poverty, Prenatal care, School dropouts, School lunch programs, Statistics, Substance abusing pregnant women, WIC Program, Youth