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October 2022Vol. 23, No. 8Online Database Compiles State Data on Maltreatment, Foster Care, Kinship Care, and Adoption

An updated online resource from Child Trends, State-Level Data for Understanding Child Welfare in the United States, provides state and federal data on child maltreatment, foster care, kinship care, and adoption from foster care. The resource is designed to help policymakers, advocates, researchers, and reporters understand the number of children and youth who come in contact with the child welfare system and why. States can then use the information to improve their child welfare systems.


Data sources for the resource include the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, Child Trends’ Child Welfare Financing Survey, and the American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The resource also features a companion guide designed to help states use the data and provide an overview of the current state of child welfare in the country.