Teen Childbearing Cost Taxpayers $10.9 Billion

Teen childbearing in the United States cost taxpayers at least $10.9 billion in 2008, according to an updated analysis released in June 2011 by The National Campaign.

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Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 2011 Annual Report & Data Book Released

The 2011 Annual Report/Data Book is an overview of the department’s programs, services, performance.

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National Child Abuse Coalition Update

The total number of maltreated children declined in the United States by 19% from 1993 to 2005, according to the Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4), released this month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The decrease is especially dramatic since the rate of maltreatment between the second incidence study in 1986 and the third in 1993 had increased by 56%.

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Report on Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths in Texas Released

Recently, a spotlight has been focused on deaths from child abuse and neglect in Texas. Texas does have a higher death rate per capita compared to other states. The exact reasons for the higher rate are difficult to determine but seem to be related to two factors. First, other states may be undercounting their child abuse and neglect deaths. Second, Texas probably has a larger number of child abuse and neglect deaths per capita related to the difficult circumstances families face in Texas, specifically high child poverty, a high teen birth rate, and low child abuse and neglect prevention.

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Texas Department of Family Protective Services 2011 Data Book Released

The Data Book is a descriptive statistical resource of the services provided to the people of the State of Texas by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) for fiscal year 2011 (September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2011).

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