health, and civic participation of adults who are members of racial and ethnic minorities, many of whom lived in immigrant families as children.

Because of the burgeoning importance of children in immigrant families to the vitality of this nation, the Committee on the Health and Adjustment of Immigrant Children and Families was appointed to assess the state of scientific knowledge about the circumstances, health, and development of children in immigrant families in the United States and about the delivery of health and social services to these children and families. The committee was struck, as it began deliberating, by the paucity of research on these issues. To supplement existing knowledge, the committee commissioned new research presented in the 11 papers in this volume. Nearly a dozen federal agencies conduct or fund data collection and research efforts that constitute the core of the nation's system for monitoring and understanding the physical and mental health of children in the United States, their exposure to risk and protective factors, and their access to and use of public benefits.2 Yet few studies of children in immigrant families have been conducted using these data. Thus, the studies presented in this book are among the first to address critical issues about the current circumstances and future prospects of this country's most rapidly expanding population of children through detailed analyses of nationally or regionally representative surveys and censuses that constitute a large share of the national system for monitoring the health and well-being of the U.S. population.

The research presented in this book was made possible by support from the committee's sponsoring agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—the Public Health Service, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Additional funding was provided by the Na-

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 These agencies include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics, the Bureau of the Census, the National Science Foundation, the Health Care Financing Administration, and the Food and Nutrition Service.



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