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Welfare of Children in Florida

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Florida fared poorly in a recent analysis and ranking of U.S. states when it comes to social and economic conditions for children.  The 2015’s Best & Worst States for Underprivileged Children report, from the personal finance website,, ranks Florida 45 th in the nation overall.  The report ranks Florida 43 rd when it comes to the rate of children experiencing food insecurity and 47 th for the percentage of children without health insurance.  As August marks National Child Support Awareness Month, we’ll take a closer look at the report’s findings as we explore conditions for underprivileged kids in the Sunshine State.

Jill Gonzalez, Spokeswoman for

Miriam Pereira, Director of Development for the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida

TBA, Representative of the Florida Coalition for Children

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John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPRââââ