(WTVM) - A recent report ranked both Georgia and Alabama among the nation's worst states in overall well-being of children.
The Annie E. Casey foundation published a report ranking states based on children's welfare.
Both the Peach State and the Heart of Dixie received not-so-flattering listings - coming in at 42 and 44.
Shawn Risher, Executive Director of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, says parents and schools need more help. By fixing poverty, statistics will increase kids' overall well-being.
"It's going to help us keep kids out of prison, off the streets, out of trouble, reduce our crime, reduce our welfare statistics," Risher said. "Our job is to make these children better, caring, productive citizens."
Massachusetts ranked number one in the nation.
Visit this link for a more in-depth look at the study and state-by-state rankings.