Study: Things are Getting Worse for Louisiana's Children

Published 07/23 2014 06:51PM

Updated 07/23 2014 07:16PM

(BATON ROUGE, Press Release from LouisianaChildren.org) -- Louisiana slipped to 47th among all states in the overall ranking for the quality of life for its children according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, a program of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

A contributing factor is poverty, with 1 in 3 children in Louisiana living in poverty. 

That rate has steadily risen since 2008. Another contributing factor is the growing percentage of children needing mental health services (21%) while capacity to provide those services is steadily declining.

"It is unacceptable for Louisiana to struggle to provide a basic quality of life and well-being for all children. 

The opportunity, however, is for all of us as citizens of this state to get involved and find a role to make a difference," stated Dr. John Wyble, executive director, LouisianaChildren.org

Poverty can have an adverse effect on the development of a child’s brain. It is estimated that 90% of a child’s brain develops by age 5. 

In addition, it is more difficult for a parent to find the parenting resources they need when they are impoverished.

 However, it also been shown that a consistently nurturing and loving parent can buffer the adverse effects of poverty in a child’s development.

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