Tuesday, April 22, 1969

Survey shows ‘astounding’ cost of rearing children

What is the price tag on the average 18-year-old in Floyd County? How much have his parents spent over the years in the process of raising him from a gurgling infant to a young adult?

Few parents have even a remote idea of the amount. They have never thought of their children in those terms. All they know, in general way, is that they have been both costly and priceless.

Had they paused along the line, however, to tally up the ball, they would have been astounded. They would have found that their expenditures in the 18 years ran well into five figures. For the average family, nationally, it came to $26,700.

The latest figures on the cost of parenthood, from the Department of Agriculture and others, show that income is the determining factor, in most cases in how much is spent by an individual family in bringing up its children.

Where net income is between $8,000 and $10,000 per family, as is the average in Floyd County, the outlay per child is approximately $33,600 to age 18.

A major part of it is for food. The figures, adjusted for price changes, show that the average child consumes about $7,300 worth during the 18 years.

Fortunately, this cost, as well as most others, are spread out over the years.

As presented in the April 1919 editions of the Rome Tribune-Herald

Ordinary Harry Johnson was appointed as judge of the Juvenile Court of Floyd County, by judges Moses Wright, at Floyd Superior Court. This action was taken under the act of 1915 which empowers the judges of superior court to appoint the judge of some existing court as juvenile court judge. The office carries with it no salary, and no expense to the county and considerable work for judge Johnson, which he is willing to undertake for humanity’s sake.

The juvenile court will have jurisdiction of children under the age of 16, not only delinquents and violators of the law, but those in need of hospital attention, and the like.

The case that brought this matter to the attention of court officers was a pitiful one, a little seven-year-old girl, of a weak mind, who had only recently learned to talk. Her mother stated that physicians had said the child might, under proper training, greatly improve. The county board, before which the matter first came up, was unable to be of assistance, but the incident so stirred the pity of commissioner Creighton that he, with county attorney Graham Wright, went before the judge investigated the juvenile court law, and have arranged to have the child examined by local physicians and cared for either here or at some suitable institution.