Children

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November is National Adoption Month, and this week the Children's Network of Southwest Florida is finishing its fourth and final mass-adoption event to boost awareness about the need for adoptive families.

According to a new report, more children than ever before have health insurance.

Florida joins 40 other states that insured more children between 2013 and 2015.

Grieving the loss of a parent at any age can be a difficult process and for those who lose a parent during childhood the loss can be particularly profound. A 2014 study by researchers with the National Institute of Health and Welfare Finland, the Karolinksa Institute in Sweden and Aarhus University in Denmark finds that people who experience the death of a parent in childhood are more likely to die prematurely themselves.  The study, tracking more than seven million people for 42 years finds that those who lost a parent before they turned 18 were 50% more likely to die during the course of that study.

August is Child Safety Awareness Month, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles along with several other state agencies are partnering with law enforcement groups to recognize the importance of the month.

2016 Kids Count Report

Jun 22, 2016

Florida dropped to 40th place in a ranking of states for overall child well-being in the latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Despite a 50% increase in the percentage of Florida children with health insurance since 2008, Florida was one of the worst performing states when it comes to children’s healthcare ranking 47th.  The report also finds that 24% of Florida kids are living in poverty.  That number hasn’t changed much and stands slightly above the national average of 22%.  

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