Just this January, the News-Press reported that Children in Southwest Florida are falling behind compared to the health and wellbeing of children around the state. This is extremely alarming to us at Lee County Legal Aid Society.
“More children in Collier and Lee counties live in poverty and rely on food stamps, are uninsured and overweight, and have gone through maltreatment dispositions compared to their counterparts statewide, according to a Florida Kids Count report,” states the article authored by Liz Freeman.
It is a fact that children who grow up in poverty do not develop as well as those who do not grow up in poverty. Economic status, education, health and family all play a role in the development of children and research shows that in many low-income households, children are not provided a fair and healthy balance of these key developmental elements.
The increase of children living in poverty under the age of 18 should be alarming to every member of the Lee County community and beyond.
This is where the work of civil programs, such as the assistance we provide through the efforts of the Lee County Legal Aid society comes in. It is important the policy makers keep these children, and all children in mind when drafting assistance programs.
For now, at Lee County Legal Aid Society we will continue to fight for impoverished children and their families by providing free legal services for those who need the most.
If you or your family may need free legal assistance, find out if you qualify by filling out our free online questionnaire located right here on our website. If you would like to contribute to the fight against child poverty right here in our Lee county community, there are a number of ways you can lend a hand to the Lee County Legal Aid Society. Become a volunteer, become a sustaining law firm, look over our “wish list” or provide a donation that will directly affect a woman and/or family in need.
Read the original News-Press article here.