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      Operate comprehensive tribal child support programs

      Seven more tribes receive funds to put a program in place.

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      80%

      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.

    • Illustration of child sitting on one side of a playground seesaw, with text: 1.7 Million

      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.

    • Illustration of a row of cell phones with text overlay: 550,000

      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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  • forty-one thousand five hundred seventy-five public school students

    were sleeping on the streets, in cars, and in abandoned buildings, among other unsafe places, during the 2011-12 school year, according to a 2014 report by the U.S. Department of Education.

    The Family and Youth Services Bureau needs your help to make sure that all young people in the United States have the stability they need to be successful in school.

  • One million, one hundred sixty-eight thousand, three hundred fifty-four public school students

    were homeless or unstably housed during the 2011-12 school year, according to a 2014 report by the U.S. Department of Education.

    The Family and Youth Services Bureau works with the Department of Education to identify and provide services to homeless youth. 

  • Only 4 out of 10

    homeless youth under 18 living on their own were in shelters during the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2013 point-in-time count of homelessness.

    To find Family and Youth Services Bureau-funded shelters in your community, visit our map of providers

  • 6 thousand 1 hundred ninety-seven homeless children living on their own

    were counted during the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2013 Point-in-Time Count of homelessness.

    If you know a youth under 18 who has run away or is homeless, call 1-800-RUNAWAY for suggestions on how to help

  • Forty-six thousand nine hundred twenty-four youth under 25

    were on their own and homeless during the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2013 Point-in-Time Count of homelessness.

  • Almost 8 percent

    of people experiencing homelessness in America are under 25 and living on their own, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2013 Point-in-Time Count.

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    Percentage of child support collections that went to families in FY 2013

  • Illustration depicting a dollar bill coming out of the flow to a paycheck

    Percentage of child support collected through income withholding from employee paychecks in FY 2013

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    Amount of child support that state and tribal programs collected in FY 2013

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