State: Social Issues & Statistics


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Learn about WorkFirst Washington's welfare reform program.


Read the latest evaluation of WorkFirst by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC).


The Caseload Forecast Council reports on entitlement programs (education, public assistance, medical assistance, corrections, long term care, developmental disabilities and children's programs).


The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) runs Washington's social programs. Visit their  Publications and Research and Data Analysis Division pages, with documents on welfare, substance abuse, children, unintended pregnancy, and statistical reports on clients served by the various programs.


The Washington State Institute for Public Policy studies social trends in the state.


The Ann E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count, seeks to improve the well-being of children and families in Washington. Visit their Washington Kids Count page to learn about the status of Washington children.


Also of interest are the County Profiles of Child and Family Well-Being