I am looking for statistics on how many orphans are currently living in VA, how many children were victims of abuse in 2006 under the age of 18, how many children under 18 are currently living in foster homes in Virginia. I am trying to build statistics to present to VA Rep. to show that we need more help/funding with children in VA.
Finding statistics for 2006 will be near impossible, there is usually a two or three year lag in compiling those statistics. The government provides a very good site for getting statistics at the Administration for Children & Families. They provide statistics from three reporting systems: Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS).
There are tons of statistics and other information. You could spend days exploring the site and only view a fraction of the information it has. Most information is available back to 1998, before that data was collected sporadically. Like I said above statistics are usually not available until two or three years after it is collected.
The only problem I have with the site and I have had it with three different computer systems is that I CANNOT view the site using Internet Explorer. I have to use Firefox to view the Administration for Children & Families website. The only thing I can figure is there is a conflict created by my virus software or one of my browser toolbars that blocks the site. If you are getting an error page that says the page can’t be displayed, try downloading the Firefox browser and using it.
UPDATE: I found out what was causing the conflict. It was my Alexa Toolbar. I removed it from my machine and I am suddenly able to access the AFCARS website. I have another machine that still has the toolbar and it still doesn’t work.