Advocacy agency releases data on well-being of RI children

 By The Associated Press

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) _ A children’s advocacy agency has made public its most recent findings on the improvements and declines among Rhode Island‘s children and youth.

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its annual fact book Monday at a breakfast attended by state officials and community stakeholders.

The report presents the most recent data on the lives of the state’s nearly 74,000 children.

Despite improvements, there remain wide disparities in poverty and median family income among racial and ethnic groups.

Fifty percent of the state’s Hispanic children were living in poverty in 2013 compared to the national rate of 33 percent.              

This year’s fact book includes data on babies born with exposure to opioids or alcohol.

The agency says births of babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome have been on the rise over the past decade.

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