Report: Florida needs to spend more on children | tallahassee.com | Tallahassee Democrat

Report: Florida needs to spend more on children | tallahassee.com | Tallahassee Democrat
Florida ranks 35th in a new report that analyzes overall child welfare.

The 2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book, which compiles a state-to-state look at various trends in child welfare such as infant mortality, high-school dropouts and children living in single-parent homes, puts the state’s overall ranking among the bottom third of all the states. Last year Florida was ranked 32nd.

The report is part of a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

While Florida made improvements in six out of 10 areas, the report calls for “fundamental, urgently needed detention reform,” according to the foundation. The rate of detained and committed children ages 10 to 15 in custody was 165 per 100,000 compared to the 125 per 100,000 children nationwide.

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