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LOUISIANA'S CHILDREN 2009

Louisiana's Children At a Glance

 
 State Population. 1  4,293,204 
 Population, Children Under 18. 2  1,079,560 
 State Poverty Rate. 3  16.1% 
 Poverty Rate, Children Under 18. 4  22.7% 
 Poverty Rate, Children Ages 5-17. 5  20.2% 
 Poverty Rate, Children Under 5. 6  23.4% 
All statistics are for 2007.

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

  • In 2006, 12,472 children were substantiated or indicated as abused or neglected in Louisiana, a rate of 11.4 per 1,000 children, representing a 0.9% increase from 2005. Of these children, 9,845 were neglected, 3,179 were physically abused, and 903 were sexually abused. 7
  • In 2006, 37 children in Louisiana died as a result of abuse or neglect. 8
  • In 2006, 5,213 children in Louisiana lived apart from their families in out-of-home care, compared with 4,833 children in 2005. In 2006, 37.2% of the children living apart from their families were age 5 or younger, and 13.5% were 16 or older. 9
  • Of Louisiana children in out-of-home care in 2006, 47.2% were white, 49.9% black, 1.0% Hispanic, 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 1.7% children of other races and ethnicities. 10

ADOPTION, KINSHIPCARE, AND PERMANENT FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN

  • Of the 3,386 children exiting out-of-home care in Louisiana in 2006, 48% were reunited with their parents or other family members. 11
  • In 2006, 466 children were legally adopted through the public child welfare agency in Louisiana, a 1% decrease from 469 in 2005. 12
  • Of the 5,213 children in out-of-home care in 2006, 1,080 or 20.7% were waiting to be adopted. 13
  • In 2007, approximately 60,671 Louisiana grandparents had primary responsibility caring for their grandchildren. 14
  • Of the 5,213 children in out-of-home care in 2006, 21.8% were living with relatives while in care. 15
  • Of all Louisiana children in kinship care in 2006, 56.2% were white, 40.4% were black, 1.1% were Hispanic, 0.4% were American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 1.9% were other races. 16

CHILD POVERTY AND INCOME SUPPORT

  • The total number of individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in Louisiana decreased from 23,591 in March 2007 to 22,262 in March 2008, a decrease of 5.6%. The number of families receiving TANF in March 2008 was 10,306, a 4.0% decrease from March 2007. 17
  • In 2003, a family of three receiving only TANF and food stamp benefits in Louisiana was at 36.6% of the federal poverty guideline. 18
  • In 2006, Louisiana spent $183,403,367 in TANF funds, including 24.4% on basic assistance, 0.8% on transportation, and 74.8% on nonassistance. 19
  • In 2007, Louisiana spent $67,801,639 on WIC (the Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), serving 128,914 participants. 20
  • In 2007, Louisiana collected and distributed $309,513,137 in child support funds, a 5.8% increase from 2006. 21
  • In 2008, the fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Louisiana was $746 per month. The wage needed to afford this rent was $14.34 per hour, working a 40-hour week. 22

CHILD CARE AND HEAD START

  • In 2006, Louisiana had a monthly average of 39,100 children served by subsidized child care; 51,800 children received subsidized child care in 2005, and 51,800 in 2004. 23
  • In 2008, to be eligible for subsidized child care in Louisiana, a family of three could make no more than $31,836, which is equivalent to 68% of the state's median income. 24
  • As of early 2008, Louisiana had no children on its waiting list for child care assistance. 25
  • In 2007, Head Start served 21,592 Louisiana children, a 1.7% decrease from 2001. 26

HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

  • In 2005, 700,500 children younger than 19 were enrolled in Medicaid in Louisiana- 60.8% of the total number of enrollees. 27
  • In 2005, 9,768 children were enrolled in Medicaid in Louisiana on the basis of being in foster care. 28
  • In 2005, of the 9,768 children enrolled in Medicaid on the basis of being in foster care, 370 received Targeted Case Management services, and 434 received Rehabilitative Services. 29
  • In 2007, Louisiana had 107,828 children enrolled in its State Children's Health Insurance Program, compared with 107,777 in 2006. 30
  • In 2007, Louisiana had 137,000 uninsured children, representing 12.5% of its child population. 31
  • In 2005, 6,987 babies were born weighing less than 2,500 grams, giving Louisiana a rank of 36 nationally in percent of low-weight births (1 being the best, and 50 the worst). 32
  • In 2005, 613 infants under age 1 died in Louisiana, giving it a rank of 36 nationally in terms of infant mortality rates (a rank of 1 being the best and 50 the worst). 33
  • In 2005, the birth rate for teens 15-17 in Louisiana was 26 births per 1,000 girls; for teens 18-19, the rate was 83. This reflects a total rate of 49 births per 1,000 girls ages 15- 19. 34
  • Cumulative through 2006, 17,612 adults and adolescents, as well as 128 children younger than 13, were reported as having HIV/AIDS in Louisiana. 35
  • In 2006, an estimated 29,000 children ages 12-17, and 298,000 adults age 26 and older, were dependent on or abusing illicit drugs or alcohol in Louisiana. 36

VULNERABLE YOUTH

  • In 2006, 293 children aged out of out-of-home care in Louisiana. 37
  • In 2007, 26,000 Louisiana teens ages 16-19 were high-school dropouts. 38
  • In 2007, 12% of teens ages 16-19 were not enrolled in school and were not working. 39
  • In 2006, 20% of people ages 18-24 were not enrolled in school, were not working, and had no degree beyond high school. 40
  • In 2006, approximately 17,000 children ages 12-17 in Louisiana needed but had not received treatment for illicit drug use in the past year. 41
  • In 2006, approximately 16,000 children ages 12-17 needed but had not received treatment for alcohol use in the past year. 42
  • In 2005, 55 Louisiana children younger than 20 committed suicide, a rate of 4.01 per 100,000 children. 43

JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION

  • In 2005, 45 children under age 18 were killed in firearm homicides in Louisiana, a 50% increase from 30 in 2004. 44
  • In 2007, 24,445 children younger than 18 were arrested in Louisiana, a 9.4% increase from 22,355 arrests in 2006. Of those arrests, 1,100 were for violent crimes and 342 were for possession of a weapon. 45
  • A 2006 census of juvenile offenders showed 1,200 children in juvenile correction facilities in Louisiana. 46

FUNDING CHILD WELFARE SERVICES FOR LOUISIANA'S CHILDREN

  • In 2006, Louisiana spent $222,485,703 for child welfare services. Child welfare services are all direct and administrative services the state agency provides to children and families. Of this amount, 60% was from federal funds, and 40% from state funds. 47
  • In 2006, of the $132,434,518 in federal funds received for child welfare, 47% came from Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance, 12% from Title IV-B Child Welfare Services and Promoting Safe and Stable Families, 35% from the Social Services Block Grant, and 6% from other federal sources. 48
  • Out of 5,213 children in out-of-home care in Louisiana in 2006, only 2,635, or 50.5%, received Title IV-E federal foster care assistance. 49

LOUISIANA'S CHILD WELFARE WORKFORCE

  • A 2003 General Accounting Office (GAO) report documented that staff shortages, high caseloads, high worker turnover and low salaries impinge on delivering services to achieve safety, permanence, and well being for children. 50
  • The federal Child and Family Service Reviews have clearly demonstrated that the more time a caseworker spends with a child and family, the better the outcomes for those children and families. 51
  • According to the 2003 GAO report, the average caseload for child welfare/foster care caseworkers is 24-31 children; these high caseloads contribute to high worker turnover and insufficient services being provided to children and families. CWLA recommends that foster care caseworkers have caseloads of 12-15 children. 52
  • In 2004, the minimum annual salary for a caseworker responsible for investigating reports of abuse and neglect in Louisiana was $23,280; the median income for a family of four in Louisiana was $50,529. 53

NOTES AND REFERENCES

  1. U.S. Bureau of the Census. (2007). Table 1: Annual Estimates of the Population for the United States and States, and for Puerto Rico: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007 (NST-EST2007-01). Retrieved online October 15, 2008. Washington, DC: Author. back
  2. U.S. Census Bureau. (2008). Annual State Population Estimates by Demographic Characteristics with 6 Race Groups (5 Race Alone Groups and One Group with Two or more Race Groups): April 1, 2000, to July 1, 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2008. Washington, DC: Author. back
  3. U.S. Census Bureau. (2008). Current Population Survey, 2008 Annual Social and Economic Supplement. Poverty Status by State: 2007. Retrieved October 15, 2008. Washington, DC: Author. back
  4. U.S. Census Bureau. (2008). Current Population Survey, 2008 Annual Social and Economic Supplement. Poverty Status by State: 2007: People Under 18 Years of Age. Retrieved October 15, 2008. Washington, DC: Author. back
  5. U.S. Census Bureau. (2008). Current Population Survey, 2007 Annual Social and Economic Supplement. Poverty Status by State: 2007: Related Children 5 to 17 Years of Age. Retrieved October 15, 2008. Washington, DC: Author. back
  6. U.S. Census Bureau. (2008). 2007 American Community Survey, Data Profile. Selected Population Profiles: 2007. Retrieved October 29, 2008. Washington, DC: Author. back
  7. Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. (2008). Child Maltreatment 2006: Reports from the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. Retrieved October 16, 2008 online here and here. Washington, DC: HHS. back
  8. Ibid., retrieved October 16, 2008back
  9. CWLA. (2008). Special tabulation from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS). Arlington, VA: Author. back
  10. Other races and ethnicities includes Asian, Pacific Islander, Hawaiian Native, unknown or unable to determine, missing data, and two or more races. CWLA, special tabulation from AFCARS. back
  11. Ibid. back
  12. Ibid. back
  13. Ibid. back
  14. U.S. Census Bureau. (2008). 2007 American Community Survey, Data Profile. Selected Social Characteristics: 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2008. Washington, DC: Author. back
  15. CWLA, special tabulation from AFCARS. back
  16. Ibid. back
  17. U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. (2008). Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Separate State Program-Maintenance of Effort Aid to Families with Dependant Children: Caseload Data. Retrieved October 16, 2008. Washington, DC: HHS. back
  18. Calculations by CWLA, based on HHS. (2006). Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program: Sixth Annual Report to Congress. Retrieved February 2, 2009. Washington, DC: Author.
    U.S. Food and Nutrition Service. (2005). Food Stamp Program-Annual State Level Data-State Level Participation. Characteristics of Food Stamp Households: FY 2003. Retrieved February 2, 2009. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. (2003). The 2003 HHS Poverty Guidelines. Retrieved February 2, 2009. Washington, DC: HHS. back
  19. Nonassistance is benefits provided to TANF recipients that are not considered assistance as defined by law and thus do not trigger the clock for lifetime limits on TANF benefits. Administration for Children and Families. (2007). Combined Spending of Federal and State Funds Expended in FY 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2008. Washington, DC: HHS. back
  20. Food and Nutrition Service. (2008). WIC Program Participation and Cost. Retrieved November 24, 2008. Washington, DC: USDA. back
  21. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement. (2008). Preliminary Data Report FY 2007 (Preliminary). Retrieved October 21, 2008. Washington, DC: HHS. back
  22. National Low Income Housing Coalition. (2008). Out of Reach. Retrieved, October 21, 2008. Washington, DC: Author. back
  23. Administration on Children and Families, Child Care Bureau. (2008). FFY 2006 CCDF Data Tables (Final, July 2008); Average Monthly Adjusted Number of Children and Families Served. Retrieved November 10, 2008. Washington, DC: HHS.
    Administration on Children and Families, Child Care Bureau. (2007). FFY 2005 CCDF Data Tables and Charts; Average Monthly Adjusted Number of Children and Families Served. Retrieved November 22, 2008. Washington, DC: HHS.
    Administration on Children and Families, Child Care Bureau. (2006). FFY 2004 CCDF Data Tables and Charts; Average Monthly Adjusted Number of Children and Families Served. Retrieved November 22, 2008. Washington, DC: HHS. back
  24. Schulman, K. & Blank, H. (2008). State Child Care Assistance Policies 2008: Too Little Progress for Children & Families. Retrieved November 10, 2008. Washington, DC: National Women's Law Center. back
  25. Ibid. back
  26. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start. (2008). Head Start Program Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2008. Retrieved October 6, 2008. Washington, D.C.: HHS. back
  27. Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. (n.d.). State Medicaid Fact Sheets. Retrieved October 6, 2008. Washington, DC: Author. back
  28. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Medicaid Statistical Information System. Retrieved November 21, 2007. Washington, DC: HHS. back
  29. Ibid. back
  30. Smith, V.; Rousseau, D.; Marks, C.; & Rudowitz, R. (2008) SCHIP Enrollment in June 2007: An Update on Current Enrollment and SCHIP Policy Directions. Retrieved December 3, 2008. Washington, DC: Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. back
  31. U.S. Census Bureau. (2008.) Current Population Survey, 2008 Annual Social and Economic Supplement. Retrieved October 27, 2008. Washington, DC: Author. back
  32. Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2008). Kids Count. State Level Data Online: Comparisons by Topic: Low birthweight babies: Number: 2005. Retrieved November 21, 2008. Baltimore: Author.
    Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2008). Kids Count. State Level Data Online: Comparisons by Topic: Low birthweight babies: Percent: 2005. Retrieved November 21, 2008. Baltimore: Author. back
  33. Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2008). Kids Count. State Level Data Online: Comparisons by Topic: Infant Mortality: Number: 2005. Retrieved November 21, 2008. Baltimore: Author.
    Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2008). Kids Count. State Level Data Online: Comparisons by Topic: Infant Mortality: Rate: 2005. Retrieved November 21, 2008. Baltimore, MD: Author. back
  34. Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2008). Kids Count. State Level Data Online: Comparisons by Topic: Teen Births, by Age Group, Rate per 1,000: 2005. Retrieved November 21, 2008. Baltimore: Author. back
  35. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2008). HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, 2006. Vol. 17. Retrieved October 6, 2008. Atlanta: Author. back
  36. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Office of Applied Studies. (2008). State Estimates of Substance Use from the 2005-2006 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. Retrieved November 10, 2008. Rockville, MD: Author. back
  37. Children who age out of foster care are captured by the AFCARS emancipation data element. Children who exit care to emancipation are those who reach the age of majority according to state law by virtue of age, marriage, etc. CWLA, Special AFCARS tabulation. back
  38. Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2008). Kids Count. State Level Data Online: Comparisons by Topic: Teens who are high school dropouts: Number: 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2008. Baltimore: Author. back
  39. Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2008). Kids Count. State Level Data Online: Comparisons by Topic: Teens not attending school and not working: Percent: 2007. Retrieved November 10, 2008. Baltimore: Author. back
  40. Annie E. Casey Foundation (2008). Kids Count. State Level Data Online: Comparisons by Topic: Persons Age 18-24 not attending school, not working, and no degree beyond High School: Percent 2006. Retrieved November 10, 2008. Baltimore: Author. back
  41. SAMHSA, State Estimates of Substance Use from the 2005-2006 National Surveys on Drug Use and Healthback
  42. Ibid. back
  43. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. (2008). Injury Mortality Reports, 1999-2005. Retrieved November 5, 2008. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. back
  44. Ibid. back
  45. Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2008). Crime in the United States 2007 (Table 69). Retrieved November 5, 2008. Washington, DC: Author.
    Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2007). Crime in the United States 2006 (Table 69). Retrieved November 5, 2008. Washington, DC: Author. back
  46. Sickmund, M.; Sladky, T.J., & Kang, W. (2008). Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement Databook. Retrieved November 5, 2008. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. back
  47. Examples of direct services include child abuse/neglect investigations, foster care, community-based programs, case management, and all such services required for the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. Examples of administrative services include management information systems, training programs, eligibility determination processes, and all services that provide the infrastructure supports for the public agency. DeVooght, K.; Allen, T.; & Geen, R. (2008). Federal, State, and Local Spending to Address Child Abuse and Neglect in SFY 2006. Washington, DC: Child Trends. back
  48. Ibid. back
  49. CWLA, Special AFCARS tabulation. back
  50. U.S. General Accounting Office. (2003). Child Welfare: HHS Could Play a Greater Role in Helping Child Welfare Agencies Recruit and Retain Staff. Retrieved January 27, 2009. Washington, DC: Author. back
  51. Ibid. back
  52. Ibid. back
  53. CWLA. (2006). State Child Welfare Agency Survey. Washington, DC: Author.
    U.S. Census Bureau. (2005). Median Income for 4-Person Families, by State. Retrieved, October 3, 2006. Washington, DC: Author. back




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