The number of children under 18 years of age is generally a major indicator of states that have the greatest need for Child Welfare Services. The ten States shown below had the greatest number of children under 18 in 1984, and together accounted for 33,456,000 or 53% of the total number (63,026,000) of children under 18 nationwide.
|States With Largest Number of Children Under 18 -- 1984*|
|Children||Percent||1985 Estimated Expenditures||National Rank|
|*Source: Bureau of Census -- 1984|
Of the 10 States with the highest expenditures for Child Welfare Services, 7 are included in the States with the largest number of children under 18 years of age. While this would confirm the obvious and expected correlation between expenditures and number of children, there are some exceptions.
Massachusetts, which ranks 7th in spending for Child Welfare services, is 14th in the number of children under 18 and Oregon, which ranks 12th in expenditures, is 31st in the number of children.
On the other hand, Texas, which ranks second in the number of children, ranks 11th in expenditures, and Georgia which is 10th in number of children, ranks 31st in amount of expenditures.