Kentucky has dropped one spot in a survey of how children in each state are faring.
The annual KIDS COUNT survey compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Kentucky 41st in the nation this year, based on ten indicators of child well-being.
Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks says the Commonwealth saw a rise in child poverty, and there’s an urgent need to address disparities in the juvenile justice system.
“Two kids charged with the same offense, with the same background, history with the courts, receive very different treatment, based on where they live and based on the color of their skin,” Brooks said.
Brooks said Kentucky did show improvement its child mortality and teen birth rates.