Making Democracy Work

Child Welfare

POSITION OF LWVSC
Support for programs and policies that ensure, at all levels of government:

quality services,
personnel,
financing,
and training
to meet the needs of children and their families.

2013-2015 ISSUES
Child care facilities, support efforts to continue Public Awareness Campaign to educate parents, consumers and the public on the importance of and how to choose quality child care.

US child fatalities are 11 times as high as Italy's and 3 times as high as Canada's. Among the states, SC ranks very high in the rate of child deaths from abuse and neglect, and the lowest in spending. Spending $14/year, per capita, SC has 16 deaths for every one death in Rhode Island, which spends $181/year.

Resources: The Children's Trust of South Carolina

RELEVANT SC REPORTS/WEBSITES/NEWSLETTERS ABOUT WELFARE OF SC CHILDREN

SC Appleseed advocates keeping all kids in school, out of jail and on track to become contributing members of society. SC Appleseed advocates keeping all kids in school, out of jail and on track to become contributing members of society.

SC Appleseed worked with legislators to expand the Children's Health Insurance ProgramSC Appleseed worked with legislators to expand the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Our Focus on Kids project helps bring together South Carolina Children's advocates to work on behalf of all children in our state. The project publishes "Behind the Numbers: An Overview of State Budget Cuts and the Impact on Children's Programs". Our Focus on Kids project helps bring together South Carolina Children's advocates to work on behalf of all children in our state. The project publishes "Behind the Numbers: An Overview of State Budget Cuts and the Impact on Children's Programs".

  • The Children's Budget, Behind the Numbers: Devastating Budget Cuts and Their impact on the Lives of South Carolina's Children. 1/2010. Presented by Focus on Kids, a Project of SCjustice.org.
    Summary: The Children's Budget describes budget cuts in 9 South Carolina state agencies since 2006 and the devastating impacts the cuts are having on children and their families. The report offers useful information on agencies, services and cuts across a number of LWVSC issue areas: health care, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, pre-K-12 education, etc.
  • SC Kids Count
    Summary: Kids Count provides annual data reports on measures of child well-being for South Carolina, for each SC county, and for all states.
  • The Children's Trust of South Carolina
  • The Palmetto Children's Post
    Summary: New free electronic newsletter that tracks state and federal policy developments that impact South Carolina children. To get on distribution list, email info@scchildren.org.