Listed below is a press release from our colleagues at the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy highlighting the findings of the 2012 Kids Count Data Book released from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Though I have not had time to do a full analysis, the number that most struck me was that an astounding 47 states saw an increase in children living in single parent households. Though we don’t have an official breakdown; this is a phenomenon that we have long seen in our Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities Project. Many single parents with psychiatric disabilities are bringing up their children by themselves with limited support. We will continue to advocate for additional support services, community integration and resources for these individuals.
Today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2012 Kids Count Data Book, a state-by-state report on children’s well-being. New York State’s indicators paint a mixed picture of how well our kids are doing. New York ranks 29th in comparison to other states, worse than all other states in the northeast region of the country. The report can be seen as a call to action to renew our focus on and commitment to our youngest and most vulnerable citizens if New York is to remain competitive in a global economy.
More information about New York’s rankings in each domain is available at: http://bit.ly/PHYUEC
You can also receive more information from the NYS Council on Children and Families by going to Facebook at www.facebook.com/NYSCCF. The Council can also be found on twitter at: www.twitter.com/nysccf.