2004 Jordan Institute
9, No. 4
Annotated List of Data Sources and Statistical Information about Child Welfare
North Carolina Sources
NC Division of Social
Although it does not contain child welfare data, the definitions of child
abuse, neglect, and dependency found in North Carolina's legal code (Chapter
7B) can be essential for understanding other data sources.
Action for Children North Carolina--Data Page. http://www.ncchild.org/content/view/274/158/
Prevent Child Abuse
North Carolina. http://www.preventchildabusenc.org/childabuseinfo
National and Federal Sources
Data and Statistics.
A collection of statistics and fiscal information on child care, child
support, child welfare, Head Start, refugees, and welfare. Includes welfare
caseload information and other welfare statistics from 1936 to present.
DHHS Agency for Children and Families.
and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System). Mandated by federal legislation
in 1986, this system was designed to assist in the administration of Title
IV-B/E State plans. The system collects and reports to the Administration
on Children and Families 65 data elements for each child in foster care
and 37 data elements for each child adopted during the six-month reporting
period. These include the child's demographic information, removal/placement
setting indicators, circumstances associated with removal, current placement
settings, most recent case plan goal, parental rights termination, foster
parent data, and discharge data. Uses point-in-time data. AFCARS is a
single national system that receives data in the same format from all
Child Trends DataBank.
Information on the latest national trends and research on more than 80
key indicators of child and youth well-being.
KIDS COUNT Data Book.
A product of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this annual report profiles
the performance of all 50 states relative to 10 key indicators of child
well-being. In addition to the report itself, the online version of the
data book offers an easy-to-use, powerful online database that enables
users to generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state
profiles. If they wish, users may also download the entire data set as
delimited text files.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
National Data Archive on
Child Abuse and Neglect. NDACAN promotes scholarly exchange among
researchers in the child maltreatment field. NDACAN acquires microdata
from leading researchers and national data collection efforts and makes
these datasets available to the research community for secondary analysis.
NCANDS (National Child
Abuse and Neglect Data System). This system promotes the collection of
annual national data on child protective services from the states. Items
reported include data regarding the report itself, child data, and child
victim and perpetrator data. For more information about NCANDS, and for
links to reports created using this data system, go to: