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Home > Advocacy State Fact Sheets for 2004 > State Fact Sheets for 2001

 
 

MISSOURI'S CHILDREN 2001

State Population (1999)1    5,468,338
State Population for Children Under 18 (1999)2    1,399,492
State Poverty Rate (1999)3     11.6%
State Poverty Rate for Children Under 18 (1999)4   18.2%

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

  • In 1998, 75,178 children were reported as abused or neglected and referred for investigation in Missouri, a rate of 53.4 per 1,000 children in the population.6  
  • In 1998, 12,556 children were substantiated or indicated as abused or neglected in Missouri, a rate of 8.9 per 1,000 children in the population. Of every 1,000 children in the population, 4.9 children were known to be neglected, 1.9 were physically abused, and 1.6 were sexually abused.7  
  • In 1998, 28 children died as a result of abuse or neglect.8  
  • In 1998, 12,471 children in Missouri lived apart from their families in out-of-home care. Of these, 27% of the children were age 5 or younger and 17% were 16 or older.9  
  • Of the 4,973 children exiting out-of-home care in 1998, 67% were reunified with their birth families, and an additional 3% went home to relatives.10  
  • In 1998, 640 children were legally adopted through the public child welfare agency in Missouri.11  
  • During 1998, $353,484,035, or $65.00 per capita, was spent on the public child welfare system, including federal, state, and local resources. Nationwide, $57.75 per capita was spent.12  

CHILD CARE, HEALTH, AND EDUCATION

  • In 1999, 16,191 of Missouri children were served by Head Start.13  
  • In Missouri, 82.9% of high school seniors graduated in 1998.14  
  • An estimated 132,858 children in Missouri are uninsured. Of these, 79% are potentially eligible for Medicaid, SCHIP, and other state-sponsored programs, but they are not enrolled.15   In 1997, 42% of births were paid for by Medicaid.16  
  • In 1998, the rate of births to teen mothers was 51.2 for every 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19.17  
  • Through June 2000, 8,293 adults and adolescents, as well as 62 children under the age of 13, in Missouri were living with HIV/AIDS.18  
  • In Missouri, an estimated 360,954 residents need alcohol and/or substance abuse treatment.19  

JUVENILE VIOLENCE AND DETENTION

  • In 1998, 89 young people ages 0 to 19 were killed by firearms in Missouri. Of those, 32 were determined to have committed suicide.20  
  • In 1999, 31,867 juveniles were arrested in Missouri. Of these arrests, 1,169 were for a violent crime, and 538 were for possession of a weapon.21  
  • In 1997, 1,401 juvenile offenders were in residential placement in Missouri.22  

INCOME SUPPORT

  • The total number of TANF recipients in Missouri decreased 45% from 222,820 in August 1996 to 122,930 in June 2000. The number of families receiving TANF decreased 46% to 45,912.23  
  • In 2000, a family of three receiving only TANF and Food Stamp benefits in Missouri was 47%24, 25   below the federal poverty guideline of $14,150.26  
  • In 1999, 40% of child support cases in Missouri received some sort of support.27  
  • In 1999, the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Missouri was $463,28   52% of the average monthly income for a worker earning the minimum wage,29   and 74% of the maximum monthly TANF cash assistance grant plus Food Stamps for a family of three.30, 31  
For additional child welfare statistics, references, and pertinent notes, please visit CWLA's National Data Analysis System at http://ndas.cwla.org.

REFERENCES

  1. U.S. Bureau of the Census. (2000). Statistical abstract of the United States: 1999. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing office.
  2. Ibid.
  3. U.S. Bureau of the Census. (2000). Annual demographic survey March supplement: Poverty status by state and ten large metropolitan areas in 1999. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing office.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau. (2000). Child maltreatment 1998: Reports from the states to the national child abuse and neglect data system. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing office.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Ibid.
  9. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau. (2000) Unpublished AFCARS data.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Ibid.
  12. Bess, R., Leos-Urbel, J., & Geen, R. (2001). The cost of protecting vulnerable children II: What has changed since 1996? Assessing the New Federalism occasional Paper No. 46. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute. Calculations by CWLA.
  13. U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families. (2000). Head Start statistical fact sheet. [online]. Available: www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs. Washington, DC: Author.
  14. U. S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (1997). Public school student, staff, and graduate counts by state, school year 1997-1998. [online]. Available: www.nces.ed.gov. Calculation by National Library of Education.
  15. Tang, S., Yudkowsky, B., & Siston, A. (2001). Children's Health Insurance Status and Public Program Participation. State Reports, 1999 and 2001 Estimates. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
  16. Tang, S., Siston, A., & Yudkowsky, B. (September 2000). Medicaid State Reports - FY 1998. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
  17. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. (2000). Fact sheet: National teen pregnancy and birth data. [online]. Available: www.teenpregnancy.org
  18. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2000). HIV/AIDS surveillance report. Vol.12, No.1. Washington, DC: Author
  19. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. (1999). Alcohol and other drug treatment needs. [online]. Available: www.nasadad.org.
  20. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, unpublished tabulations, Table III: Deaths from 282 selected causes. Calculations by Children's Defense Fund.
  21. U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2000). Crime in the United States: 1999. Washington, DC: Author
  22. Sickmund, M., & Wan, Yi-chun. (1999). Census of juveniles in residential placement: 1997 databook. [online]. Available: www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org/ojstatbb/cjrp97/openpage.asp.
  23. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. (2000). Change in welfare caseloads since enactment of new welfare law. [online]. Available: www.acf.dhhs.gov/news/stats/aug-dec.htm and case-fam.htm.
  24. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. (2000). Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program: Third annual report to Congress. Washington, DC: Author. Calculations by CWLA.
  25. Food Research and Action Center. (2001). Federal food programs: Food Stamp Program-Monthly allotments and deductions october 1999 - September 2000. [online]. Available: www.frac.org/html/federal_food_programs/programs/fsp_limits.html. Calculations by CWLA.
  26. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2000). Annual update of the HHS poverty guidelines. Washington, DC: Author.
  27. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, office of Child Support Enforcement. (2000). Child support enforcement FY 1999 preliminary data report. Washington, DC: Author. Calculations by CWLA.
  28. National Low Income Housing Coalition. (1999). Estimated state metro FMR's and related characteristics. (1999). Washington, DC: Author.
  29. U.S. Department of Labor (2001). The minimum wage [online]. Available: www.dol.gov/dol/esa/public/minwage/main.htm. Calculations by CWLA.
  30. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. (1999). TANF report to Congress: Work-related provisions of state TANF plans. Washington, DC: Author. Calculations by CWLA.
  31. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food, and Consumer Service. (1999). Food stamp program monthly allotments and deductions. Washington, DC: Author. Calculations by CWLA.

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