Right for Kids

Each state’s child welfare system typically operates out of the public eye unless a tragedy, often the death a child, pulls the system from the shadows to the front page.  It should not be this way.  Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a fundamental responsibility of a civil society.

The 2012 RIGHT FOR KIDS RANKING shows which states are best and worst at this tough but critical job, using a methodology that scores all states in 11 key outcome areas and 41 different data measures.  This comprehensive list is the first of its kind. 

 

Top 10 
Right for 
Kids States

1. Idaho (78.9) 

2. New Hampshire (73.6)

3. North Carolina (73.1)

4. Florida (70.9) 

5. New Jersey (70.7)

6. Arizona (70.3)

7. Colorado (69.6)

8. North Dakota (68.9) 

9. Hawaii (68.2)

10. Tennessee (66.7)

TopTenBestStates

(score out of 110 points)

Bottom 10
Wrong For Kids States 

42. South Carolina (55.3)

43. Mississippi (55.3)

44. Nebraska (53.5)

45. New York (53.4)

46. Montana (52.6)

47. South Dakota (51)

48. Illinois (50)

49. Oregon (48.9)

50. Massachusetts (42.3)

51. District of Columbia (40.9)

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Right for Kids Ranking
Right for Kids Ranking