Quick Facts

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      Of custodial families with incomes at or below federal poverty level received child support services in 2009

      Learn about characteristics of custodial families from an Urban Institute report, available on the OCSE website.

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      The record number of persons ages 5 and older who speak Spanish at home, according to the Pew Research Center

      See the news story about the Pew analysis based on the 2011 American Community Survey.

    • A toddler girl and teenage girl, with text: $241,080

      The cost of raising a child from birth to age 18

      You can estimate the annual cost of raising a child using an educational tool based on a U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

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      Children served by the child support program

      In addition, the child support program serves half of all poor children and their families. See the Reentry Council Snapshots on child support and other reentry topics, on the Justice Center website.

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      Children under age 18 with a parent in prison

      This represents an increase of almost 80 percent between 1991 and 2007, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Learn about activities to help children of incarcerated parents in a fact sheet from a federal interagency partnership.

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      First signs show for half of all mental health disorders

      In addition, three quarters of mental health disorders begin before age 24. See myths and facts about mental health on the new HHS website mentalhealth.gov.

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      The number of people located through the Federal Parent Locator Service in 2010

      See the FPLS web page to learn more.

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      People have subscribed to receive text4baby messages

      text4baby, a free service that texts important health information to expectant and new moms, will now send dad-specific messages to fathers and fathers-to-be, too, to encourage them to engage with their children early. The campaign sent more than 62 million messages since its launch in February 2010.  

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      Children in a regular child care arrangement in 2011

      A U.S. Census Bureau infographic also illustrates who’s taking care of the kids, and the costs of child care.