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     Child, Family Indicators Show South Still Lags Behind Other Regions

ATLANTA, Aug. 24, 2004 – Children in the South continue to suffer from poverty, child abuse and poor educational performance at a rate significantly worse than other regions, according to a new compendium of research unveiled Tuesday.

Some 5.2 million southern children are growing up poor, and Southern children are also more likely to die from abuse and neglect, lack basic reading skills or lack child health coverage, child care, according to the 2004 Chartbook of Major Indicators: Conditions Placing Children in the South At Risk (pdf, 1.7MB). The report was released by the Southern Institute on Children and Families during a meeting of the affiliated Southern Business Leadership Council.

To view the full press release, please click here.

Due to the large size of the 2004 Chartbook some printers may experience difficulty handling the job. If you experience problems printing the document, please try printing it 5-10 pages at a time. You also may notify Beth Shine if you continue to have difficulty printing the document.

Press Conference Supporting Materials:
Press Conference PowerPoint Presentation (pdf)
Southern Institute on Children and Families 2003 Annual Report (pdf)
Southern Business Leadership Council Membership List (pdf)

To obtain a copy of the 2004 Chartbook please email Beth Shine.