Children and Youth are Supported by Healthy Relationships with Adults

  • Adult Support when Depressed

    In the agency's efforts to improve and support the resilience of children, youth, and families in Washington, DCYF has set a goal that children and youth are supported by healthy relationships with adults. One way to measure this is by tracking the percentage of youth who report having support from adults when they are feeling sad or depressed.

    In 2018, among 10th graders, 50 percent felt they had access to adult support if they were feeling depressed. In comparison, 31 percent of 10th graders who do not live with their parents reported having access to an adult for support when depressed.

    10th graders with adult support when depressed, by living situation, 2018
      depressed adults

    This metric cannot be updated at this time because it is based on data from the Healthy Youth Survey (HYS). The HYS was scheduled for October 2020 but was postponed until the fall of 2021, due to COVID-19 pandemic-related school closures. This metric will be updated when those data become available. For more information about the HYS, please see AskHYS.net.


  • Youth-Family Engagement

    Another indicator of healthy youth-adult relationships is engagement between children and youth and their families. Across all 8,096 10th graders surveyed in the 2018 Healthy Youth Survey, 53.4 percent reported a high level of engagement with their families, including opportunities to discuss problems with parents, chances to have fun with their families, and opportunities to be involved in family decisions. Among 10th graders who live with their parents, 54 percent reported high engagement with their families, compared with 39 percent among youth not living with their parents.

    10th graders with high opportunities for youth-family engagement, by living situation, 2018
      family engagement

    This metric cannot be updated at this time because it is based on data from the Healthy Youth Survey (HYS). The HYS was scheduled for October 2020 but was postponed until the fall of 2021, due to COVID-19 pandemic-related school closures. This metric will be updated when those data become available. For more information about the HYS, please see AskHYS.net.