Magazine article Policy & Practice

Numbers in the News

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Numbers in the News

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* About six in 10 low-income families (those with incomes below twice the federal poverty level) contain at least one adult who works year round and full time. Yet, more than 25 percent of these families experience food and housing insecurities, and more than 30 percent lack health insurance-"Parents and Children Facing a Word of Risk," Olivia Golden, Pamela Loprest and Sheila Zedlewski

* In 2002, 2.3 million children lived with relatives without a parent in the household.

Most children in kinship care (1.8 million) were privately placed with relatives without the involvement of a child welfare agency, but a substantial number (500,000) were placed in the care of a relative following the involvement of a child welfare agency-"Trends in Service Receipt: Children in Kinship Care Gaining Ground, " by Regan Main, Jennifer Ehrle Macomber and Rob Green

* More than 100,000 children were victims of abuse or neglect in California in 2004. During the same period, nearly 39,000 children in California were removed from their homes and placed in foster care-an average of more than 100 children every day.

Today, there are approximately 82,000 foster children in California20 percent of all foster children in the nation, and the largest foster care population of all 50 states-National Center for Youth Law

* Parents of nearly 283,000 children aged 1 to 6 would have difficulty finding a safe child safety seat because of children's combined age and weight.

Every year more than 1.5 million American children get into motor vehicle crashes that are responsible for 23 percent of the deaths from injuries among infants and 30 percent of those among preschool-aged children-Pediatrics

* American babies are three times more likely to die in their first month as children born in Japan, and newborn mortality is 2.5 times higher in the United States than in Finland, Iceland or Norway.

Only Latvia, with six deaths per 1,000 live births, has a higher death rate for newborns than the United States, which is tied near the bottom of industrialized nations with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia, with five deaths per 1,000 births- "State of the World's Mothers" report from Save the Children

* With more than 34 million Americans aged 65 and older living today, seniors make up about 12 percent of the population, including more than 4 million who are 85 and older and 50,000 centenarians.

In 1960, just 1. …

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