DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama ranks 47th in the country for overall child well-being, which is down three spots from 2019 according to the 2021 Kids Count Data Book.
The report measures 16 different factors related to health, education, economic well-being and community, and family.
“Some of the things that stood out in our report just over 1/5 of the children in Alabama are being raised in impoverished households, another significant factor was low reading and math proficiency, our teen birth rate was higher than the national average,” said Terri Dubose, the executive director of Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center.
Executive Director Terri Dubose said the programs and services to combat this issue are available to children, but she believes it needs to be a little more widespread.
With the pandemic taking over 2020, the state received numerous dollars of federal funding and she thinks it’s a great way for state lawmakers to address important needs.
“And in addition, counties and cities that are receiving additional funds could utilize this data to look at programs in their own area that maybe can pour more resources into in efforts to reach more children,” Dubose said.
Dubose said their goal is to always find ways to reach and fully support children.
“We provide a special life service and just being aware of everything available in our community so when families come to us in need that we can link them with the proper resource,” She said.
Alabama is ranked in the top five for two categories — only 8% of high school students arent graduating on time and 3% percent of children are without health insurance.