The World Family
Map is a comprehensive report that identifies and tracks family factors
affecting child and family well-being, across 60 countries. The study,
released today, reveals that in all regions of the world the family
itself is undergoing major changes, with declining fertility rates,
declining marriage and increasing cohabitation rates, and increasing
proportions of children living with one or no parent. Extended families,
or families with additional relatives living with them, are common in
many regions. While poverty rates are high in many developing countries,
there are some bright spots: nutrition and parental education have
The World Family
Map is produced by Child Trends and a range of educational and
nongovernmental institutions from across the globe. This is the second
The number of
substantiated allegations of child abuse has declined slightly in recent
years. Still, an estimated 686,000 children were victims in 2012, and
analyses of big data (Google
searches, etc.) suggest that the incidence of maltreatment might be
higher (suggesting that many cases go unreported). This week's blog post
highlights risk and protective factors for child maltreatment, and
rates of report.
subsidies enable low-income families to have more stability in care
arrangements, but state policies vary. For example, some states allow
subsidies to parents who are searching for jobs only if they were
approved for subsidies prior to the search. States also differ in the
number of job searches allowed per year and time limits on each search.
Young children may
be especially vulnerable to adverse outcomes when their parent goes to
war; they are highly emotionally dependent on adults and their brains
are particularly susceptible to impact from high levels of stress. April
is the Month of the Military Child. Here's a Child Trends report (and
video!) about what might be faced by the youngest of those children.
teens involved in activities they're interested in and involving them
in communities can improve their health and reduce teen pregnancy rates.
May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. To celebrate, learn what
positive youth development is, how it's being used in community
programs, and the way forward for research in a webcast on Wednesday,
May 7th from 2 to 3 p.m. ET, from the Office of Adolescent Health and featuring top experts.
On Tuesday, April 29th,
from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. ET, learn to build staff capacity in applying
discipline policies fairly. This free webinar will also help attendees
use data and analysis to continuously improve their discipline policies
and practices. The webinar is sponsored by the U.S. Departments of
Education and Justice to build on their recently released School Discipline Guidance Package.