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KANSAS'S CHILDREN 2002

State Population (2000)1    2,691,750
State Population for Children Under 18 (2000)2    712,993
State Poverty Rate (2000)3     9.5%
State Poverty Rate for Children Under 18 (2000)4   13%
State Poverty Rate for Children Ages 5-17 (2000)5   12%

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

  • In 1999, 18,897 children were reported as abused or neglected and referred for investigation in Kansas, a rate of 27 per 1,000 children, representing a 2% decrease from 1998.6
  • In 1999, 8,452 children were substantiated or indicated as abused or neglected in Kansas, a rate of 12.1 per 1,000 children, representing a 37% increase from 1998. Of every 1,000 children, 6.0 were neglected, 3.7 were physically abused, and 1.9 were sexually abused.7
  • In 1999, 6 children died as a result of abuse or neglect.8
  • On September 30, 1999, 6,774 children in Kansas lived apart from their families in out-of-home care, compared with 7,500 children on September 30, 1998. In 1999, 25.1% of the children living apart from their families were age 5 or younger, and 22.5% were 16 or older.9

CHILD POVERTY AND INCOME SUPPORT

  • The total number of TANF individual recipients in Kansas decreased from 63,783 in August 1996 to 33,076 in June 2001, a decrease of 48%. The number of families receiving TANF in 2001 was 13,105, also a 49% decrease from 1996.10
  • In 2000, a family of three receiving only TANF and food stamp benefits in Kansas was 48% below the federal poverty guideline of $14,630.11
  • In 2000, Kansas spent $151,184,181 in TANF funds, including 28.1% on cash assistance, 15.7% on child care, 1.57% on transportation and support activities, and 65.9% on a range of other services.12
  • In 2000, 42% of child support cases in Kansas actually received some financial support, a 35% decrease from 1999.13
  • In 2001, the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Kansas was $540 per month, or 66% of the average monthly income for a worker earning the federal minimum wage, and 85% of the maximum monthly TANF cash assistance grant plus food stamps for a family of three.14

CHILD CARE, HEALTH, AND FAMILY SUPPORT

  • In 1999, a monthly average of 11,570 Kansas children were in subsidized child care.15
  • In 2000, 7,447 Kansas children were served by Head Start, a 6% increase from 1999.16
  • In 1999, 88.1% of high school seniors graduated in Kansas, whereas 89.2% graduated in 1998.17
  • An estimated 75,282 children in Kansas are uninsured. Of these, 71% are potentially eligible for Medicaid, SCHIP, and other state-sponsored programs, but they are not enrolled.18
  • In 2000, the rate of births to teen mothers was 18 for every 1,000 girls ages 15-19.19
  • As of December 2000, 1,910 adults and adolescents, as well as 13 children under age 13, were living with HIV/AIDS in Kansas, compared with 1,789 adults and adolescents and 16 children under age 13 in June 2000.20

PERMANENT FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN

  • In 2000, 18,764 Kansas grandparents were caring for their grandchildren.21
  • Of the 1,562 children exiting out-of-home care in 1999, 75.8% were reunified with their birthfamilies.22
  • In 2000, 558 children were legally adopted through the public child welfare agency in Kansas, an 8% decrease from 1999.23

JUVENILE VIOLENCE AND DETENTION

  • In 1999, 18 young people from birth to age 19 were killed in firearms homicides in Kansas. Another 14 were determined to have committed suicide using a firearm, an 8% decrease from 1998.24
  • A 1999 census of juvenile offenders showed 1,254 children and youth in juvenile correctional facilities in Kansas.25
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 (2001). United States Census 2000. (Published June 13, 2001-August 22, 2001). Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.
  2. U.S. Bureau of the Census. (2001). Current population survey, March 2001. Available online at www.census.gov/population/www/index.html. Washington, DC: Author.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2000). Ten years of reporting child maltreatment 1999. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Ibid.
  9. Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2002). Child welfare outcomes report: 1999. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
  10. Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2001). U.S. welfare caseload information. Available online at www.acf.dhhs.gov/news/stats/newstat2.shtml. Washington, DC: Author.
  11. Calculations by CWLA, based on Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2000). Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program: Third annual report to Congress. Washington, DC: Author.; Food Research and Action Center. (2000). Federal food programs: Food Stamp Program-Monthly allotments and deductions, October 2000-September 2001. Available online at www.frac.org/html/federal_food_programs/programs/fsp_limits.html. Washington, DC: Author.; U.S. Bureau of the Census (2000). Annual demographic survey, March supplement: Poverty status by state and ten large metropolitan areas in 2000. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
  12. Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2001). Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program. Total of federal and state funds expended in FY 2000 through the 4th quarter FY 2000. Available online at www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ofs/data. Washington, DC: Author.
  13. Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2000). Child support enforcement FY 2000 preliminary data report. Available online at www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cse/pubs/ 2000/datareport. Washington, DC: Author.
  14. National Low Income Housing Coalition. (2001). Out of reach 2001: America's growing wage-rent disparity. Washington, DC: Author. Calculations by CWLA.
  15. Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2000). Child care and development block grant/child care and development fund: Children served in FY 1999 (average monthly). Available online at www.acf.dhhs.gov/news/press/2000/cctable.htm. Washington, DC: Author.
  16. National Child Care Information Center. (2000). State child care profiles. Available online at www.nccic.org/statepro.html. Washington, DC: Author.
  17. U.S. Bureau of the Census (2000). Current population survey, March 2001. Available online at www.census.gov/population/ www/socdemo/educ-attn.html. Washington, DC: Author.
  18. 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.
  19. U.S. Bureau of the Census (2000). Census 2000 supplementary survey. General demographic characteristics. Available online at http://factfinder.census.gov/home/en/c2ss.html. Washington, DC, Author.
  20. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2000). National Center for HIV, STD and TB prevention. Divisions of HIV/AIDS prevention. Available online at www.cdc.gov/hiv/dhap.htm. Atlanta: Author.
  21. Census 2000 supplementary survey. General demographic characteristics.
  22. Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2002). Child welfare outcomes report: 1999. Washington, DC: Author.
  23. Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2002). Baselines for the adoption incentive program for adoptions finalized in FY 2000. Available online at www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cb/dis/adoptbase.htm. Washington, DC: Author.
  24. National Center for Health Statistics (1999). Data warehouse: Mortality tables. Available online at www.cdc.gov/nchs/datawh/ statab/unpubd/mortabs.htm. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  25. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. (1999). Statistical briefing book. Available online at www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org/ ojstatbb/Cjrp. Washington, DC: Author.

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