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America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2017


The success of the Forum is driven by the commitment of the members of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. In acknowledgment and gratitude for her unwavering support since the inception of the Forum in 1994, the Forum proudly dedicates this year's report to Katherine K. Wallman, former Chief Statistician of the United States, who retired from Federal service on January 3, 2017.

This report was written by the staff of the Forum, including Traci Cook, Forum Coordinator; Julia Beckhusen, U.S. Census Bureau; Sheila Franco and Ashley Woodall, National Center for Health Statistics; Grace Kena and Lauren Musu-Gillette, National Center for Education Statistics; Dan Axelrad, Environmental Protection Agency; Barry Steffen, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Shannon Catalano and Rachel Morgan, Bureau of Justice Statistics; Jessica Cotto, National Institute on Drug Abuse; Brett Brown, Administration for Children and Families; Matthew Rabbitt, Economic Research Service; Lisa Williamson, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Denise Pintello, National Institute of Mental Health; James Singleton and Cindi Knighton, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Beth Han, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and Hazel Hiza, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

In addition, active members of the Reporting Committee who guided development of the report included Laura Chadwick, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation; Jennifer Park, U.S. Office of Management and Budget; Dan Axelrad and Gregory Miller, Environmental Protection Agency; Carrie Mulford and Dara Blachman-Demner, National Institute of Justice; Julia Beckhusen and Rose Kreider, U.S. Census Bureau; Regina Bures, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Brecht Donoghue, Erica Smith, and Kristen Kracke, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Jessica Jones, Maternal and Child Health Bureau; and Chou-Lin Chen, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Other staff members of the Forum agencies provided data, developed indicators, or wrote parts of the report. They include Yesenia Acosta, Jessica Davis, Liana Fox, Christine Gambino, Yerís Mayol-García, and Bernadette Proctor, U.S. Census Bureau; Hector Rodriquez and Shalom Williams, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Shilpa Bengeri, Debra Brody, Anne Driscoll, Cathy Duran, Cheryl Fryar, Brady E. Hamilton, Nancy Han, Holly Hedegaard, Xianfen Li, Joyce Martin, T.J. Mathews, Arialdi Miniño, Cynthia Ogden, Yahtyng Sheu, Maria Villarroel, and Emily Zammitti, National Center for Health Statistics; and Lance McCluney and Jade Lee-Freeman, Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition, Susan Armstrong, Mariesa Hawkins, Kathryn Low, Katie Mallory, Mitchell Morey, Tom Nachazel, and Ashley Roberts, with the American Institutes for Research, and Richard Devens, with First XV Communications, assisted Forum staff in producing the report.