Report

This report shares feedback from 116 focus group participants with limited resources in rural Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. Researchers used this feedback to identify the challenges and supports that these families experience and to outline strategies for advancing their opportunities in four key areas: services and supports, educational opportunity, economic opportunity and social networks.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation funded this project — and several other multi-state projects — as part of a larger effort to explore child-well being in rural America. The resulting reports aim to provide useful data to policymakers and encourage smart investments that will strengthen the well-being of families in rural areas. 

February 27, 2004

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The challenges facing families with limited resources in the rural South.

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    The definition of rural.

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    The community supports available to these families.

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    Recommendations for helping these families succeed.

Key Takeaway

Families weighed in on raising kids in some of the nation’s poorest rural communities — and here’s what they had to say

Researchers spoke to families in rural Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee and identified five major factors influencing their well-being. These were: 1) too few jobs offering family-supporting wages and benefits; 2) limited affordable child-care options; 3) a shortage of youth activities promoting academic and social success; 4) inadequate housing; and 5) insufficient motivation for young people to pursue higher education. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations