The 33rd edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT® Data Book describes how children in America are in the midst of a mental health crisis, struggling with anxiety and depression at unprecedented levels.
This year’s publication continues to present national and state data across four domains — economic well-being, education, health and family and community — and ranks states in overall child well-being. The report includes pre-pandemic figures as well as more recent statistics, and shares the latest information of its kind available.
AMERICAN KIDS AND MENTAL HEALTH
The coronavirus pandemic has brought children trauma and tremendous loss over the past two and a half years. As of July 2022, the health crisis had killed more than 1 million people in America, including more than 1,600 children. During this same time span, more than 200,000 kids had lost a parent or primary caregiver to the virus.
These conditions have helped fuel what the U.S. surgeon general has called a mental health pandemic for youth. According to the Data Book, the incidence of anxiety and depression among kids has spiked. Comparing pre-pandemic to the first year of the COVID-19 crisis: The share of children struggling to make it through the day rose nearly 26% — from 9.4% (5.8 million kids) in 2016 to 11.8% (7.3 million kids) in 2020.
This pandemic within a pandemic has also laid bare persistent disparities. Across the United States, 9% of all high schoolers attempted suicide in the years before the most recent federal survey. This rate rises to 12% for Black students, 13% for students of two or more races and 26% for American Indian or Alaska Native high schoolers. Among LGBTQ youth, the statistics are similarly lopsided, with 23% of gay, lesbian or bisexual high schoolers reporting to have attempted suicide compared to just 6% of their heterosexual peers.
RACIAL INEQUITIES IN CHILD WELL-BEINGThe 2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book continues to identify racial and ethnic disparities that persist in America today. Some examples of these findings include:
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGEEarly research indicates that addressing youth mental health needs can reduce or even eliminate pandemic-related stress. Accordingly, the Foundation calls on lawmakers to enact the programs and policies needed to ease mental health burdens on children and their families. They recommend:
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The 32nd edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Book describes how children across the United States were faring before — and during — the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s publication continues to deliver the Foundation’s annual state rankings and the latest available data on child well-being. It identifies multi-year trends — comparing statistics from 2010 to 2019. In addition, the report shares data on how families endured the pandemic, sharing data from the Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey. Access the report.
The 2021 KIDS COUNT® Data Book offers a national look at the well-being of America's children and families by exploring how states are performing on key data indicators. For advocates, journalists and policymakers, our collection of national and state media-focused resources offer important insights provided by the data and the expertise of the Foundation and its KIDS COUNT Network. Click to review the press release about Louisiana's report data.
The 2021/2022 Child abuse and neglect Prevention Guide has been released!
National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of communities working together to help families thrive and prevent child maltreatment. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness about child and family well-being, and work together to implement effective strategies that support families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
New outreach tools are available to help you show your support for National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Download the Outreach Toolkit and use the free graphics and sample social media posts to help you make a plan to raise awareness about child abuse prevention.
Want to see more resources? Go to the Children's Bureau website!
On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund, I am pleased to announce the release of the 2021-2022 Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Grant Applications.
For more than 37 years the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund has worked to prevent child abuse and neglect among Louisiana’s children and families through building strong cross-sector partnerships and increased child safety and public awareness. It is our constant goal to support community based efforts to develop, operate, expand, enhance and coordinate initiatives and programs geared toward the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
You can find more information about the grant application process here. 2021-2022 grant applications are due by February 22, 2021.
We look forward to receiving your applications as you continue to make Louisiana a safe and brighter place for our children!
Katina M. Semien, Esq.
Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund
1051 North 3rd Street #1-136
Baton Rouge, LA. 70802