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State of kids drops locally
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Following the "Condition of Children and Youth Report 2007" released this past January, the Stanislaus County Children's Council, has released a second report, the "Condition of Children and Youth Report 2008" comparing 2006 to 2007 data.

While some areas like child health and child abuse and neglect indicate improvement, other statistics are not as encouraging:

• Children living in poverty in Stanislaus County have increased 1.2 percent.

• Children receiving food stamps have increased 8 percent.

• Juveniles arrested by law enforcement have increased from 3,629 to 3,753.

The availability of licensed child care for children with parents in the labor force continues to rank second lowest in the state.

Data was compiled from various agencies to measure the health and well being of children and youth in our community.

The purpose of the report is to raise community awareness of the problems facing children and youth today. The Council also plans to use this community report as part of their yearly presentation to the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.

The Stanislaus County Children's Council was created in 1992. Members are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors from various County agencies and community groups. The purpose of the Council is to advocate for and support the interests of all children and families in Stanislaus County.