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Research and data inform prevention work

We collect and study child data so that we know where to target prevention efforts, what's working and what's not working. Understanding child well-being trends is important because the insights gained enable us to focus on policies and programs that will lead to the greatest improvements.

Knowing your data empowers your community

Use these resources to start a conversation in your community about prevention.

South Carolina adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) data

This provides understanding on the frequency, links to health and social outcomes, risk factors, mental health and quality of life.

S.C. ACE data information sheet (PDF)
ACE data based on South Carolina regions

This data package provides localized data based on regions that were created during data collection.

ACE data by S.C. regions
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Child maltreatment data for South Carolina

Child Maltreatment Data for South Carolina as reported by the S.C. Department of Social Services

Child maltreatment data (PDF)
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Child well-being in South Carolina

View the KIDS COUNT rankings and indicators for South Carolina. You can view the areas where South Carolina has improved, declined or stayed the same with each indicator.

S.C. child well-being profile (PDF)
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County-level child well-being profiles

KIDS COUNT indicators are available at the state level and county level. States and counties are ranked in each domain and overall.

County profiles
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South Carolina data by race

Resources to inform the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in child well-being outcomes.

Race for Results for South Carolina
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KIDS COUNT Data Center

A searchable database featuring hundreds of data sets provided by Children's Trust and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

KIDS COUNT Data Center

Briefs help you understand data

Briefs also help explain what it means for preventing abuse and neglect.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

Children's Trust has produced a series of research briefs on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The research brief topics include the data collection process, an overview of ACEs, the prevalence of ACEs in various populations, and the relationship between ACEs and health and social outcomes.

ACE Research briefs
Poverty and South Carolina's Children

Examining the impact of poverty on children and families in South Carolina, this brief offers recommendations to improve economic stability, access to quality child care, and overall health and well-being.

Poverty and S.C.'s Children (PDF)
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This research brief shows how heat maps can be used to support data-driven conversations and decision making.

Getting to Ground Truth (PDF)

Providing publications and tools to better serve South Carolina

South Carolina Racial Equity Impact Assessment Guide

Step-by-step guide to evaluate policy impact on racial and ethic groups to determine how to proactively achieve equitable outcomes.

S.C. Racial Equity Impact Assessment Guide (PDF)
Kinship Care: A South Carolina Perspective

Children's Trust and other S.C. partners authored the publication that outlines ways to better support those relatives who step up to care for children when their parents are not able.

Kinship Care: A South Carolina Perspective (PDF)
Policy Brief for the Office of Child's Advocate

Children’s Trust examines the role an OCA could play to protect children across South Carolina, and highlights the attributes of the most effective OCAs in other states.

Policy Brief for the Office of Child's Advocate (PDF)

National resources to inform our work in South Carolina

These reports, all produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, our national partner for KIDS COUNT, work to raise the visibility of children's issues through a nonpartisan, evidence-based lens.

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Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

The report examines the disparity in opportunity and the barriers that exist for children of different racial backgrounds.

Race for Results policy report
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A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities

Addresses the increased poverty and stress experienced by children of incarcerated parents.

A Shared Sentence policy report
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Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success

Highlights the need, through sound policies and proven practices, to find loving, nurturing and supportive families for children in foster care.

Every Kid Needs a Family policy report
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Measuring Access to Opportunity in the U.S.

Illustrates how outdated methods of measuring poverty in the United States are giving an inaccurate picture of how families are really faring and what public programs are working through a discussion of the Supplemental Poverty Measure.

Measuring Access to Opportunity in the U.S. data snapshot
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The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success

The publication sounds the alarm that the nation is failing to invest enough in the early years of children.

The First Eight Years policy report
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Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families

This report explores the increased number of children living with extended family and close friends. It offers recommendations on how to support kinship families.

Stepping Up For Kids policy report