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Child Well-Being Resources

Children are one of our most precious resources and keeping them safe should be everybody's business and responsibility. Everyone can be a voice and help to break the cycle of violence and neglect against children. No one ever deserves to be abused. Children are never to blame for the abuse and violence that are inflicted upon them. Violence affects all of us whether we are directly involved or witnesses. It is our duty and the law to report it.

2010 Kids Count Data Book According to data in the 21st annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, overall improvements in child well-being that began in the late 1990s stalled in the years just before the current economic downturn. Find national data and state-by-state data and rankings on 10 key indicators of child well-being.

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America’s Future: Latino Child Well-Being in Numbers and Trends This data book offers a comprehensive overview of the state of Latino children by integrating a range of key factors and outcomes in the areas of demography, citizenship, family structure, poverty, health, education, and juvenile justice. It provides an overview of current national and state-level trends for Latino children under age 18 relative to non-Hispanic White and Black children, documenting both regional variations and changing trends since the year 2000. Downloadable Database allows you to look up data on Latino children in all 50 states and see how your state compares to others. Patricia Foxen, pfoxen@nclr.org,(April 28, 2010) - National Council of La Raza

Child Abuse Prevention - What is Child Abuse? There are 4 different types of child abuse including: physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and sexual abuse. Child abuse and neglect are defined by Federal and State laws. The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) provides minimum standards that States must incorporate in their statutory definitions of child abuse and neglect. The CAPTA definition of "child abuse and neglect," at a minimum, refers to: "Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm"1

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Child Welfare League of America CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. Our expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states. Our impact is felt worldwide. www.cwla.org.

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Childhelp USA Childhelp® exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. We focus our efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment, and community outreach. www.childhelpusa.org.

Children’s Defense Fund The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) has worked relentlessly for more than 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. It champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. It pays particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. Children’s Defense Fund

Love Our Children USA: Keeping Children Safe, Strengthening Families According to Love Our Children, reports of violence against children nationwide have increased by 30-percent in the last 10-years. More than 3 million children are victims of violence each year and almost 1.8 million children are reported missing each year, many of whom are abducted from their homes and front yards. Those are only the ones that are reported. The organization maintains that violence against children has reached epidemic proportions.

“It is of critical importance that we educate the American public and raise a greater awareness to break the cycle of violence against children -- before it starts," says Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of Love Our Children, USA . "A child's voice is small, ignored and unheard. We must raise the volume so that everyone hears their message." http://www.loveourchildrenusa.org/

Polly Klaas Foundation The Polly Klaas® Foundation is a national nonprofit that helps find missing children, prevents children from going missing, and promotes laws like the Amber Alert that help keep children safe.

Order Your Free Child Safety Kit Today 24 pages of guidance for parents. Teach abduction prevention without scaring your child (or yourself). Includes two Fingerprint/DNA ID Documents to record your child's personal information—all in the privacy of your home. https://secure.pollyklaasaction.org

Profiles of Latino Health: A Closer Look at Latino Child Nutrition With childhood hunger and obesity recently reaching peak levels in the United States, policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels have recognized that the health of future generations is contingent upon improving the nutritional status of American families. Addressing the unique needs of the Latino population will be an integral part of any strategy to promote and improve child nutrition. NCLR hopes to inform the national discussion by providing insight into trends within the Latino community. Kara Ryan, (November 12, 2010) - National Council of La Raza

The Effects of Domestic Violence on Young People 30 Minute Video Enlace Comunitario, a domestic violence organization in Albuquerque, NM that serves immigrant families. Watch Video