Kids Count 1996. Data Book on Louisianas Children.Report as inadecuate

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This Kids Count data book presents statewide trends in the well-being of Louisiana's children. The statistical report is based on seven major groups of indicators of well-being: (1) poverty; (2) employment and income; (3)children receiving welfare; (4) maternal and child health; (5)children in trouble; (6) child abuse and neglect cases; and (7)public education. Part 1 provides an overview of findings related to poverty; employment and income, focusing on welfare reform and the FIND WORK Program; the lack of health insurance for children; child health indicators; and the need to intervene to improve children's lives. Part 2, the bulk of the document, details demographic and indicator findings for the state as a whole and for each parish, comparing Whites and African Americans. Part 3 provides information on statewide and parish trends from the early to mid-1990s. Findings indicate that about 20 percent of births are to teen mothers; the low birthweight rate is the third highest in the nation; the adequate prenatal care rate has improved; the infant mortality rate for African American infants more than doubles that of white infants; about 5,500 children are placed into foster care each year; and the number of children receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) has declined. The report also contains data notes and sources. (KB)

Descriptors: Birth Weight, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Children, Crime, Demography, Dropout Rate, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, Employed Parents, Family (Sociological Unit), Foster Care, Health Insurance, Incidence, Infant Mortality, Mortality Rate, Poverty, Prenatal Care, Racial Differences, Social Indicators, State Programs, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Welfare Reform, Well Being

Agenda for Children, P.O. Box 51837, New Orleans, LA 70151.

Author: Agenda for Children, New Orleans, LA.; Southern Univ. in New Orleans, LA.


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