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2007 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 12, No. 3
June 2007

Key Points from this Issue

  • North Carolina is nearly twice as rural as the national average. It has many small towns.

  • Many rural communities struggle with high rates of child poverty, lack of transportation, economic trouble, poor educational attainment, lack of health care, and other challenges.

  • Though they have fewer resources, on average NC’s rural child welfare agencies do as well or better than urban agencies in terms of outcomes and process measures.

  • Successful child welfare practice in a rural context is created in part to the common sense application of basic social work concepts.


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