The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, which ranks each state on overall child well-being based on four factors: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. In this year’s report, Texas ranked 43rd overall – a drop from 41st in 2017. Although Texas has been taking strides over the past few years to increase the well-being of children, it is clear that there is still much more to be done to ensure that every child has the opportunity for a happy life that they deserve. View the Texas-specific KIDS COUNT profile.
In addition, the Data Book delivers an important message about the 2020 U.S. Census. We face a potential undercount of young children in 2020 – a problem that has grown in magnitude with every census since 1980. Read more about this issue.
Texas CASA’s vision is a safe, positive future for all Texas children. The statistics in the Data Book are sobering, but we can take heart in the fact that the CASA community is growing faster than ever before. It is more important than ever that we keep this momentum going and continue to enhance our advocacy for children in the child welfare system. Together, we can one day provide a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one – creating a better, brighter Texas for future generations.
Visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation website for the full data book.