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SOUTH CAROLINA'S CHILDREN 2002

State Population (2000)1    4,023,438
State Population for Children Under 18 (2000)2    1,009,641
State Poverty Rate (2000)3     10.4%
State Poverty Rate for Children Under 18 (2000)4   16%
State Poverty Rate for Children Ages 5-17 (2000)5   14%

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

  • In 1999, 18,209 children were reported as abused or neglected and referred for investigation in South Carolina, a rate of 19 per 1,000 children, representing a from 1998.6
  • In 1999, 9,580 children were substantiated or indicated as abused or neglected in South Carolina, a rate of 10.0 per 1,000 children, representing a 12% increase from 1998. Of every 1,000 children, 5.5 were neglected, 1.4 were physically abused, and 0.6 were sexually abused.7
  • In 1999, 13 children died as a result of abuse or neglect.8
  • On September 30, 1999, 4,645 children in South Carolina lived apart from their families in out-of-home care, compared with 4,576 children on September 30, 1998. In 1999, 26.6% of the children living apart from their families were age 5 or younger, and 18.0% were 16 or older.9

CHILD POVERTY AND INCOME SUPPORT

  • The total number of TANF individual recipients in South Carolina decreased from 114,273 in August 1996 to 40,143 in June 2001, a decrease of 65%. The number of families receiving TANF in 2001 was 16,901, also a 64% decrease from 1996.10
  • In 2000, a family of three receiving only TANF and food stamp benefits in South Carolina was 55% below the federal poverty guideline of $14,630.11
  • In 2000, South Carolina spent $124,381,097 in TANF funds, including 21.6% on cash assistance, 0% on child care, and 2.08% on transportation and support activities.12
  • In 2000, 49% of child support cases in South Carolina actually received some financial support.13
  • In 2001, the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in South Carolina was $532 per month, or 65% of the average monthly income for a worker earning the federal minimum wage, and 98% 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 17,840 South Carolina children were in subsidized child care.15
  • In 2000, 11,604 South Carolina children were served by Head Start, a 3% increase from 1999.16
  • In 1999, 83.0% of high school seniors graduated in South Carolina, whereas 78.6% graduated in 1998.17
  • An estimated 180,401 children in South Carolina are uninsured. Of these, 61% 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 57 for every 1,000 girls ages 15-19.19
  • As of December 2000, 11,063 adults and adolescents, as well as 106 children under age 13, were living with HIV/AIDS in South Carolina, compared with 10,778 adults and adolescents and 130 children under age 13 in June 2000.20
  • An estimated 314,719 South Carolina residents need alcohol or substance abuse treatment.21

PERMANENT FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN

  • In 2000, 54,064 South Carolina grandparents were caring for their grandchildren.22
  • Of the 3,022 children exiting out-of-home care in 1999, 73.2% were reunified with their birthfamilies.23
  • In 2000, 465 children were legally adopted through the public child welfare agency in South Carolina, a 9% increase from 1999.24

JUVENILE VIOLENCE AND DETENTION

  • In 1999, 37 young people from birth to age 19 were killed in firearms homicides in South Carolina. Another 23 were determined to have committed suicide.25
  • In 2000, 9,154 children were arrested in South Carolina, a 6% increase from 1999. Of the year 2000 arrests, 412 were for a violent crime, and 151 were for possession of a weapon.26
  • A 1999 census of juvenile offenders showed 1,650 children and youth in juvenile correctional facilities in South Carolina.27
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. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. (1999). Alcohol and other drug treatment needs. Available online at www.nasadad.org. Washington, DC: Author.
  22. Census 2000 supplementary survey. General demographic characteristics.
  23. Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2002). Child welfare outcomes report: 1999. Washington, DC: Author.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2000). Uniform crime reports. Available online at www.fbi.gov/ucr/00cius.htm. Washington, DC: Author.
  27. 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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