(BATON ROUGE, Press Release from LouisianaChildren.org) --
A contributing factor is poverty, with 1 in 3 children in
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
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.