COVID-19: Available Data for Children
• State-level reports are the best publicly available data
on COVID-19 cases in children
• This report summarizes what was available on 10/1/20
• 49 states, NYC, DC, Puerto Rico and Guam provided
age distributions of reported COVID-19 cases
• 10 states provided age distribution of testing
• 25 states and NYC provided age distribution of
• 42 states and NYC provided age distribution of

American Academy of Pediatrics. Children's Hospital Association. 2020  CLICK HERE

Over the last year, the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) continued the work it started in 2016 to move the State’s child welfare and foster care system forward, becoming one of the first states to implement the landmark federal Family First Prevention Services Act. More commonly known as Family First, it is the first major federal child welfare reform effort in decades and impacts every piece of the child welfare system. We recognized the new law aligned with what was already happening in Arkansas and in our report last year called Family First Fits Us, we highlighted the work done to prepare for implementation on Oct. 1, 2019. Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services. 2020  CLICK HERE


Monday, 12 October 2020 12:57

Missing Child Clearinghouses [Webpage].

Missing child clearinghouses are organizations providing resources for missing children, their families and the professionals who serve them. Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada and the Netherlands have a missing child clearinghouse.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children maintains a liaison with each missing child clearinghouse and helps ensure they are familiar with the many resources available through NCMEC. NCMEC provides missing child clearinghouses with training, technical assistance and vital information and other resources to help them with missing child cases. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 2020  CLICK HERE

Child Protection: Law Enforcement
The safety and well-being of children are central to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) mission. OJJDP enhances the efforts of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies who investigate cases of missing, abducted, and exploited children; ensure
that victims receive trauma-informed care; and bring offenders to justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 09:16

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children© (NCMEC), serves as an information clearinghouse and national resource center on issues related to victims, missing and exploited children and operates a national toll-free hotline. Office of Juvenile and Delinquenct Prevention. 


The suicide of any child is a tragedy, but studies show children in foster care are four times more likely than other children to attempt to take their own lives. Suicide risk is correlated with depression, lack of social support and a history of trauma, maltreatment and abuse - particularly sexual abuse. Since maltreatment and abuse are among the top reasons children are removed from their homes, it is not difficult to understand why foster children are at such a high risk of suicide, experts said. Imprint-September 27, 2020 CLICK HERE

The health and wellbeing of infants and toddlers vary widely by state, but evidence shows there are clear policy pathways to strengthen equity and outcomes, according to a new annual Roadmap released today by the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs. The University of Texas at Austin. CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 09 September 2020 13:19

Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census

This fact sheet explains the 2020 Census helps determine which areas qualify for the critical resources that children and families depend on for the next 10 years. It notes an estimated 5% of children under the age of five were missed in the 2010 Census, representing the largest undercount of any age group. Reasons why young children are missed in the census are identified and strategies are then discussed for ensuring young children are included in the 2020 Census. Challenges include situations in which the child splits times between to homes or lives with a relative or grandparent, lives in a home with a young, single parent or guardian, is a newborn, lives in a multigenerational home, lives in a home that rents or recently moved, lives in a home where they are not supposed to be, lives in a lower-income home, lives in a non-English speaking home, or lives in a home of recent immigrants or foreign-born adults. United States Census Bureau CLICK HERE

Click the attachment to read the Executive Order issued on June 24, 2020 concerning the Child Welfare System.

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Opioids Exact Another Toll on Newborns: Smaller Heads

Health Day News - December 10, 2018

Infants born addicted to opioids may be more likely to have smaller heads that might hinder their development, new research suggests.

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