Vulnerable Families Research Program

Research on vulnerable children and families has been central to our work since the inception of the Carsey Institute in 2004. Core to the work of the Vulnerable Families Research Program is an understanding of how families are faring economically across the nation, within regions, states, and across rural, suburban, and urban places. We pay particular attention to trends in child poverty rates, social safety net usage, and making work pay. We coordinate with external researchers, policy makers, advocates, and practitioners “on the ground” to ensure that our research is timely and relevant. Our accessible analyses are widely read by legislators and their staff, child and family advocates, practitioners, academics, and the media, and we frequently deliver presentations to a wide range of audiences.

This project offers a series of fifty-two downloadable slide shows—one slide show for each state and Washington, DC, and one for the nation as a whole. We compare indicia of opportunity between those with high and low socioeconomic status.  Learn more

HIghlights

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The New Hampshire Union Leader: Council balks at adding maternal opioid use to birth records

The New Hampshire Union Leader: Council balks at adding maternal opioid use to birth records

New Hampshire has experienced a significant increase in babies born with opioids in their systems...

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The Laconia Daily Sun: State grant aimed at preventing child abuse to benefit Lakes Region

The Laconia Daily Sun: State grant aimed at preventing child abuse to benefit Lakes Region

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has received a grant from the U.S....

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Manchester Ink Link: NH DHHS receives 5-year $2.75M federal grant to prevent child abuse and neglect

Manchester Ink Link: NH DHHS receives 5-year $2.75M federal grant to prevent child abuse and neglect

 The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pleased to announce it has received a...

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Beth Mattingly

Beth Mattingly is the Director of Research on Vulnerable Families. Her work examines child poverty and how different family policies affect rural, suburban, and urban families and how growing up in poverty influences life outcomes. 
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