Georgia continues to lag behind in child well-being

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 3:40 PM
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The number of Georgia kids living in poverty climbed to nearly 570,000 in recent years with the state ranking among the worst in the country for overall child well-being, a new study shows.

Despite improving in some areas, the Peach State remained at No. 42 for the third straight year in the 2011 Kids Count Data Book, which measures critical indicators of child well-being such as infant mortality rates and the number of children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment.

Georgia lagged behind the national average on each of 10 key measures, according to the report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a Baltimore-based private charitable organization. The state ranked 46th in the country for low-birth-weight babies; 41st for children in single-parent homes and 42nd in infant mortality. Meanwhile, it's childhood poverty rate jumped by 22 percent between 2000 and 2009.

Nationwide, the number of kids in poverty climbed to 20 percent -- essentially erasing the gains made in the 1990s, said Laura Speer, the foundation's associate director of policy reform and data.

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See the full 2011 Kids Count report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation here.

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GaStang22 08/17/11 - 04:55 pm
Stop letting these "poor"

Stop letting these "poor" people who don't work or don't pay child support reproduce in dozens at a time. Why would the kids lag behind when with all the freebies they should be eating well and have regular medical treatment. I'm mean with the tons of money in food stamps most of these people, along with all the other freebies like free rent, why do they still send their child hungry to school for taxpayers to pay extra to feed? Same reason they don't work and reproduce is masses.....LAZY and you get more freebies that way, thanks bleeding hearts!

copperhead 08/18/11 - 04:36 am
This is cloward-piven/obama

This is cloward-piven/obama to the letter.

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