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State of families worldwide

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 improved.
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 annual edition.

Trend Lines Blog

Child Abuse Prevention Month
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.

Early Childhood

State policies on child care subsidies

Child care 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.

Military Children

Risks facing young children

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.

Webcasts and Webinars

Make the Connection: How Positive Youth Development Offers Promise for Teen Health and Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Getting 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.

Equity and improvement in school discipline
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

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