Study: Things are Getting Worse for Louisiana’s Children

Study: Things are Getting Worse for Louisiana’s Children

Louisiana slipped to 47th among all states in the overall ranking for the quality of life for its children

(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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