‘For children Northern states are best’

‘For children Northern states are best’In the ten measures included in 2010 Kids Count data book, the state lags behind the national average on every one of the 10 measures. The book that would be released today is a compilation of state and federal information.

According to the report, which is compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, for infant mortality Georgia was ranked 42nd in the nation; it bagged the 43rd place for children living in a single-parent home; and 45th for teens not in school and not working.

The overall ranking given to Georgia was 42. This was same as it was last year which means that Georgia has not been able to break out of the 10 worst states for seven of the past eight years. The number one slot was taken by New Hampshire and Mississippi followed next.

Taifa Butler, spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based Family Connection Partnership, which worked with the foundation to produce the report, said that people out there have left making attempts to make things better as the state's troubles with poverty and education continue to hurt its children.

“Some people see these issues as pertaining to someone else's children. Some people just throw up their hands and say, ‘Oh, well,' " she said.

The figures do not reflect the recession period and are of 2008 which means that the situation is worse.