A new report ranks Georgia in the top ten worst states for child well-being.
The report, released by the Kids Count Data Book Wednesday, lists child well-being in the Peach State at 42, a spot it has held for the past three years.
"The data that came out does not surprise me; we do have a lot of children living in poverty here in Southwest Georgia," said Lynn Burson, the director of child health services for Southwest Georgia District Public Health." "In public health we have programs in the health department to assist families who are struggling with poverty, and we're seeing an increase in the number of families that are requesting service."
The report uses infant mortality rates and the number of children living in homes where no parent has full-time employment as indicators of well-being.
Mississippi fared the worst while New Hampshire was ranked the best.