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Many government agencies in Washington, D.C., publish timely information on their programs and the American population. The U.S. Bureau of the Census publishes statistics on American life in its Current Population Reports, including Children's Living Arrangements and Characteristics: March 2002 (2003), Income in the United States: 2002 (2003), Fertility of American Women: June 2002 (2003), America's Families and Living Arrangements: March 2002 (2003), Poverty in the United States: 2002 (2003), Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 1999 (1999), Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2001 (2003), Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2002 (2003), Educational Attainment in the United States: 2003 (2004), and A Child's Day: 2000 (2003).

The Census Bureau also released a series of Census 2000 Briefs, including Grandparents Living with Grandchildren: 2000 (2001), Age: 2000 (2001), and Marital Status: 2000 (2001).

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, in America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2004 (2004), provided invaluable data on many aspects of children's health and wellbeing. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) releases a wide assortment of statistical data concerning health issues. Its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which focuses on various aspects of death and disease. The CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Survey—2003 was the source of survey information on "risk" behaviors among American high school students. The CDC is also a leading source of AIDS statistics with its quarterly HIV/AIDS Surveillance.

Child Health USA 2002 (2002), published by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, reported the health status and needs of America's children. Child Maltreatment 2002: Reports from the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (2004) counted cases of child abuse reported to state child protective agencies, and the Administration for Children and Families provided data on child support collections as well as reports from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Report (2003).

The Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, offered helpful statistics on children receiving Supple-mental Security Income (SSI) in 2002. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, provided data on employment and unemployment.

The National Vital Statistics Reports, published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Hyattsville, Maryland, provided statistics on births and infant mortality. NCHS also published Health, United States, 2003 (2003), which gave invaluable data on many health conditions, birth rates, fertility rates, and life expectancy.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided estimates of expenditures on children from birth through age seventeen. Its Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion calculated how much it costs to raise a child in Expenditures on Children by Families, 2003 Annual Report (2004). The Center also gave statistics on households that receive food stamps in Characteristics of Food Stamp Households: Fiscal Year 2002 (2003) and on WIC participants in WIC Participant and Program Characteristics, 2002 (2003).

The National Center for Education Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education, published The Digest of Education Statistics 2002 (2003), Projects of Education Statistics (2003), and The Condition of Education 2004 (2004), all of which provided important statistics on education in the United States.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Crime in the United States: 2002 (2003) covered crime and victimization. The Bureau of Justice Statistics' Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics covered crime as well as attitudes toward institutions in American society. The Juvenile Justice Bulletin (2001), the National Youth Gang Survey 2002, and the OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book (2003), prepared by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), focused on juveniles and crime.

The National Center for Children in Poverty graciously provided information on children in low-income households. The Child Trends Organization provided information on adolescent sexual activity. The Alan Guttmacher Institute provided information from Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health on abortion rates among teenagers. Thomson Gale thanks the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation for information on risky sexual behavior among adolescents. Thomson Gale also thanks Dr. Philip Johnson and Dr. Gerald Bachman for permission to use tables from Monitoring the Future, an annual survey of drug use among young people.

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