KIDS COUNT Publications
Keeping Kids in Families
Trends in U.S. Foster Care Placement
In this data snapshot, the Annie E. Casey Foundation examines how placements for young people in foster care have changed from 2007 to 2017. Using data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Casey finds that child welfare systems are doing a better job of placing kids in families. At the same time, racial disparities persist for kids of all ages and progress eludes teens in care.
To push for further progress, the four-page snapshot tells how states can leverage the federal Family First Prevention Services Act to prioritize family placement and high-quality, family-centered settings to support even better outcomes — and a brighter future — for kids in care.
Key Louisiana findings from “Keeping Kids in Families” include:
- The proportion of children in foster care who are in a family setting in Louisiana rose by seven percentage points, from 83 percent in 2007 to 90 percent in 2017.
- For teenagers, progress in family placements has been elusive. In Louisiana, 40 percent of young people in the child welfare system who are 13 and older lived in group placements in 2017 ― the same proportion as 10 years ago.
- Despite improvements for children from every racial and ethnic category, African-American children remain more likely to be placed in a non-family setting. In 2017, 84 percent of African-American children in foster care in Louisiana were placed in a family setting, compared to 93 percent of Non-Hispanic white children.
Visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation's web site to download the report and learn more.
2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book
Undercount in 2020 U.S. Census Could Reverse Louisiana’s Gains in Child Well-Being
The 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book warns that the 2020 census is mired in challenges that could shortchange the official census count by at least 1 million kids younger than age 5. With 36 percent of Louisiana young children at risk of not being counted in the upcoming 2020 census, federally-funded support critical to children’s success are in jeopardy, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book. The Data Book looks at child well-being in each state across four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. The latest Data Book ranked Louisiana 49th in overall child well-being, despite improvements since 2010 in nine of the 16 measures tracked in the annual report.
2017 KIDS COUNT Race for Results
New Report Exposes Persistent Inequities in Services, Opportunities for Children of Color
Louisiana’s future prosperity and ability to compete with other states depends on ensuring opportunities for our children and young adults today. Yet, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children report reveals that, for far too many children of color, living in Louisiana means facing more challenges than children in other states, from being born at low birthweight to living in high-poverty neighborhoods.
The Casey Foundation‘s 2017 report is the second edition of the Race for Results report, which was first published in 2014. The ongoing series reflects the Foundation’s commitment to examining data and offering data-informed policy recommendations on issues of racial and ethnic equity. Race for Results measures children’s progress on the national and state levels on key education, health and economic milestones by racial and ethnic groups. The report’s index uses a composite score of these milestones on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 1,000 (highest) to make comparisons. This allows readers to not only compare outcomes for children of various races and ethnicities within Louisiana, but also see how Louisiana compares to other states and the nation.
Every Kid Needs a FamilyThis KIDS COUNT policy report highlights state data that point to the urgent need to ensure, through sound policies and proven practices, that everything possible is being done to find loving, nurturing and supported families to children in foster care. The report also highlights the promising ways that state and local government leaders as well as policymakers, judges and private providers can work together as they strive to help these 57,000 children who are living in group placements – and overall, the more than 400,000 children in the care of child welfare systems. Visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation's web siteNearly half of the nation's families with young children struggle to make ends meet. This report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation makes the case for creating opportunity for families by addressing the needs of parents and their children simultaneously. The report describes the Foundation's two-generation approach, which calls for connecting families with early childhood education, job training and other tools to achieve financial stability and break the cycle of poverty, and recommends ways to help equip families with what they need to thrive. Download the full reportto learn more and see how Louisiana compares to other states.
Early Reading Proficiency: KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot Finds that 77% of LA Fourth Graders Are Not on the Path to Success
Children who are proficient readers by the end of third grade are more likely to graduate from high school and to be economically successful in adulthood. This KIDS COUNT data snapshot finds 85 percent of Louisiana fourth-graders from low-income families and 77 percent of all Louisiana fourth-graders are not reading at grade level. While improvements have been made in the past decade, reading proficiency levels remain low. Given the critical nature of reading to children’s individual achievement and the nation’s future economic success, the Casey Foundation offers recommendations for communities and policymakers to support early reading. Early reading proficiency rates for the nation and each state are provided. Visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation's web site to learn more and see how Louisiana compares to other states on this important measure of child well-being.
The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success
This KIDS COUNT policy report details how a child’s early development from birth through age 8 is essential to making an effective transition into elementary school and for long-term academic achievement. To prepare all of America’s children to succeed, this document sets forth broad policy recommendations. This policy report also features data on early childhood development for every state, the District of Columbia and the nation. Visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation's web site to read the report.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's latest KIDS COUNT data snapshot finds that the rate of young people locked up because of trouble with the law dropped more than 40 percent over a 15-year period, with no decrease in public safety. Louisiana's youth incarceration rate declined by 56% between 1997 and 2010-—only Tennessee, Connecticut and Arizona experienced larger declines in this time period. The snapshot indicates that the number of young people in correctional facilities on a single day fell to 70,792 in 2010, from a high of 107,637 in 1995. The publication also recommends ways to continue reducing reliance on incarceration and improve the odds for young people involved in the justice system. Visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation's web site to read the report.
Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Policy Report on Youth and Work
22% of Young People in Louisiana Not in School, Not Working
In this KIDS COUNT policy report, the Casey Foundation finds that ne
arly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce. With employment among young people at its lowest levels since the 1950s, these youth are veering toward chronic unemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century. In addition to new national and state data on the issue, the report offers recommendations to support youth in gaining a stronger foothold in the economy. In Louisiana, 22% of young people ages 16-24 are neither in school nor working--a higher proportion than any other state except for West Virginia.
2011-2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book on Louisiana's Children
Data Book offers parish-by-parish portrait of child well-being
The 2011-2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book on Louisiana’s Children features parish-level data on a wide range of measures of child well-being, including indicators related to demographics, education, health, family economics, child welfare and juvenile justice. The Data Book, which was produced by Agenda for Children with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is intended to help policymakers and local communities become better informed about children in their community. Each parish profile allows readers to easily compare their parish's data to that of other parishes, as well as identify trends over time.
The report finds that most parishes have experienced improvements in teen birth rates, adequate prenatal care and fourth grade reading proficiency since the beginning of the decade. However, Louisiana's children continue to be challenged by high rates of child poverty and poor birth outcomes. Download the report by clicking on the image at the right or clicking here.
Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Report on Kinship Families
65,000 Louisiana Children are Being Raised by Relatives
In its first policy report of 2012, the Casey Foundation explores the increased number of children living with extended family and close friends, a longtime practice known as kinship care. Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families includes the latest data for states, the District of Columbia, and the nation, as well as a set of recommendations on how to support kinship families. It finds that Louisiana children are especially likely to be raised by relatives, with 6% of children in kinship care, compared to 4% of children nationally.
This information also is available in the KIDS COUNT Data Center, a source for information on hundreds of indicators of child well-being.
Annie E. Casey Foundation's Data Snapshot on Children in High-Poverty Communities
In its first data snapshot of 2012, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT explores the increased number of children living in America's high-poverty communities. The new snapshot includes the latest concentrated-poverty data for states and for the 50 largest cities, as does the KIDS COUNT Data Center, a source for the most recent national, state and local data on hundreds of indicators of child well-being. The snapshot found that 193,000 Louisiana children lived in high-poverty neighborhoods during the 2006-2010 time period, 71,000 fewer than in 2000. Read the report at the Annie E. Casey Foundation web site.