According to new data from WalletHub, Louisiana has the sixth highest rate of underprivileged children in the country. To determine the living and economic conditions of children in the United States, WalletHub compared 24 metrics within three key areas:
- Socio-Economic Welfare
This included things like the number of children in foster care, children in single-parent families, infant mortality rate and number of children living below the poverty line. The states and their ranks are shown below:
As the experts said in the article, poverty can have lasting effects on children’s physical, social and emotional well-being. Stress from poverty also increases the risk of child abuse and neglect. This is why one of the CDC’s strategies to preventing child abuse and neglect is strengthening economic supports to families. When parents and children have what they need to not only survive, but also thrive, they do better, and the entire state is made better.
Want to help Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana advocate for families’ economic support? Make a donation, learn more about your employer’s policies affecting families, or speak to your state Senator or Representative about governmental efforts to support low-income families