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Publications

Annual Report

The Annual Report presents pressing child-related issues and recommendations for consideration to the Governor, General Assembly, and public.

Data Reference Book

The Data Reference Book includes more than 160 data points on child safety, child welfare, child health, juvenile justice, and education.

Public Hearings Testimony Report

The Public Hearings Testimony Report is a summary record of all of the children's issues presented to the Committee at its annual public hearings.

Annual Reports

2021 Annual Report

The 2021 Annual Report analyzed and presented issues facing the children in South Carolina including the COVID-19 pandemic, teen dating violence, and harsh odds facing those who age out of foster care. Through this research, the Committee was filed 24 pieces of legislation. The Committee has committed to further study of issues such as child hunger, youth homelessness, and supported decision-making for youth with disabilities.

TOPICS: kinship care and fictive kin, statewide child abuse protocol, extension of foster care, trafficking and exploitation of minors, intimate partner violence, status offenders, juvenile sex offender registry, prohibiting juvenile life without parole, child hunger, tobacco access, youth homelessness, childcare, supported decision making, COVID-19, Family First Prevention Services Act

2020 Annual Report

The 2020 Annual Report gave attention to children with special needs and ways the South Carolina State Legislature can improve those children's overall well-being. Additionally, for the second regular session of the 123rd South Carolina General Assembly, the Committee on Children introduced three additional pieces of legislation: Tobacco Retail Licensing, Child Abuse Response Protocol, and Reauthorization of the JCLCC.

TOPICS: children with special needs, disabilities, service eligibility, programs and services for children with special needs, education coordination, trauma informed practices, children with special needs in the juvenile justice system, supportive housing programs

2019 Annual Report

The 2019 Annual Report built upon previous Committee work focused on protecting youth and supporting responsible decision-making, improving child well-being, protecting physical and mental well-being, and promoting high quality education. This report also advocated for adding fathers’ names to birth certificates and banning child marriage.

TOPICS: juvenile life without parole, quality childcare, child hunger, teacher salaries, First Steps, disturbing schools reform, newborn safe sleep practices, local child fatality review teams

2018 Annual Report

The 2018 Annual Report paid close attention to protecting children from abuse and neglect and promoting physical and mental well-being. The Report suggested several pieces of legislation to support including topics on marketing tobacco products to children, driver's insurance for children in foster ca, and implementation of local child fatality review teams.

TOPICS: human trafficking, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), childhood trauma, resilience, child passenger restraint, driver's licenses for minors, child hunger

2017 Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report focused on several areas of children's lives including mental health needs of children, child suicide, disturbing school laws, teen dating violence, and children's right to counsel. This report also highlighted the three bills from the 2016 Annual Report that ultimately passed.

TOPICS: child food insecurity and hunger, child homelessness, kinship care, youth in transition, child passenger safety, tobacco marketing to youth, child suicide and mental health services, disturbing schools, juvenile sex offenders, detention of status offenders

2016 Annual Report

The 2016 Annual Report highlighted six key areas of concern including safety in all childcare settings, child passenger safety, support for children who have been abused or neglected, and protection of children's well-being. Additionally, the Report highlighted issues for continued consideration from the 2015 Annual Report.

TOPICS: childcare facility safety, after-school and summer camp safety, child passenger safety, recreational off-road vehicle safety, obesity, kinship care, safety of children in family childcare homes, status offenders, sex offender registry, John de la Howe School

2015 Annual Report

The 2015 Annual Report gave special attention to children who are incarcerated for committing a status offense, child safety and the regulation of family childcare homes, and the juvenile sex offender registry. This Report furthered the Committee's study on many pressing issues including school readiness and early childhood education (which were also addressed in the Committee’s 2013 and 2014 Annual Reports).

TOPICS: status offenders, family childcare homes, juvenile sex offender registry, childhood trauma, child fatalities, immunizations, safe sleeping practices for infants, school readiness, early childhood education

2014 Annual Report

The 2014 Annual Report gave primary focus to two issues: early childhood language and literacy, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the effects of toxic stress. This Report also provided updates on previous initiatives and related topics: immunizations, safe sleep, obesity, trauma-informed practice, and the Silent Tears Report.

TOPICS: early childhood language and literacy, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, immunizations, safe sleep, obesity, trauma-informed practice, Silent Tears, school readiness, early childhood education

2013 Annual Report

The 2013 Annual Report addressed five issues that the Committee believed to constitute priorities that were immediately actionable and had the potential to reduce long term costs to the State: school readiness, preventable childhood obesity, child fatalities and injuries, childhood trauma, and immunizations.

TOPICS: school readiness, early childhood education, childhood obesity, child fatalities and injuries, childhood trauma, immunizations

2012 Annual Report

The 2012 Annual Report offered a logic model to promote healthy child development. The Committee focused on four key areas to further this model: safe sleeping practices for infants to prevent infant fatalities, immunizations to prevent illness and avoid long term health care costs, implementing “trauma-informed practices” within state child-serving agencies to mitigate trauma that will adversely affect healthy child development, and reduction of obesity to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic illness.

TOPIC: logic model for child development, safe sleeping practices for infants, immunizations, trauma-informed practices, child obesity

2011 Annual Report

The 2011 Annual Report was the first report from the Committee on Children. It presented a comprehensive overview of the myriad of issues facing the children of South Carolina. This Report focused on services for child protection and welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health.

TOPICS: Children's Policy of South Carolina, Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children, children in state custody, child welfare and protection, juvenile justice, children's mental health, health childhood, family life, socioeconomic state, health, education

 

Data Reference Books

The data collected to support the Annual Reports and legislative work of the Committee on Children are reported in these supplemental Data Reference Books. Forty-nine indicators are used to report the status of children in the following categories: safety, health, education, responsibility, and support. These indicators were selected to address all priority areas and measure across childhood lifespan. The data is updated each year to supplement the Annual Report (above).

 

Public Hearings Testimony Reports

2020 Public Hearings Testimony Report

During the 2020 Public Hearings, the Committee on Children heard from over 50 members of the public and advocates for children in a variety of topics. The areas of testimony topics covered child safety (12%), child welfare (6%), child health (29%), education (31%), youth development and juvenile justice (7%), and community programs and resources (15%). 

2019 Public Hearings Testimony Report

During the 2019 Public Hearings, the Committee on Children heard from over 70 members of the public and advocates for children in a variety of topics. The areas of testimony topics covered child safety (9%), child welfare (26%), child health (35%), education (23%), and juvenile justice (7%).

2018 Public Hearings Testimony Report

During the 2018 Public Hearings, the Committee on Children heard from over 80 members of the public and advocates for children in a variety of topics. The areas of testimony topics covered child safety (20%), child welfare (25%), child health (18%), education (26%), and youth development and juvenile justice (11%).

2017 Public Hearings Testimony Report

During the 2017 Public Hearings, the Committee on Children heard from over 90 members of the public and advocates for children in a variety of topics. The areas of testimony topics covered child safety (10%), child welfare (14%), child health (27%), education (38%), youth development and juvenile justice (8%), and parental rights and responsibilities (3%).

2016 Public Hearings Testimony Report

During the 2016 Public Hearings, the Committee on Children heard from 45 members of the public and advocates for children in a variety of topics. The areas of testimony topics covered child safety (7%), child welfare (29%), child health (22%), education (11%), youth development and juvenile justice (7%), poverty (11%), and community resources (13%).

2014 Public Hearings Testimony Report

During the 2014 Public Hearings, the Committee on Children heard from members of the public and advocates for children in a variety of topics. The areas of testimony topics covered juvenile justice (25%), childcare (6%), children's services (6%), child protection (13%), early childhood education (19%), health (19%), and poverty (12%).

2012 Public Hearings Testimony Report

During the 2012 Public Hearings, the Committee on Children heard from members of the public and advocates for children in a variety of topics. Approximately 98% of all comments received related to school readiness; the remaining 2% were comprised of special mental health, educational, or health care needs of children and of points for inter- agency collaboration to reduce gaps in systems, poverty, well-being and supporting parents and family units.