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Nearly 1 In 4 Kansas Kids Live In Poverty

KSAL Staff - November 19, 2013 8:32 am

A new report by a children’s advocacy group shows that nearly one in four Kansas children are living below the poverty line as the effects of the Great Recession linger.

The data released Tuesday by Kansas Action for Children finds the state’s childhood poverty rate at 23.15 percent, up more than 5 percent from 2008.

Shannon Cotsoradis, president and CEO of the group, says many parents are finding it difficult to land work and continue to be dependent on public assistance to provide food, shelter and pay other bills.

She says eligibility requirements for public assistance programs have meant fewer Kansas residents qualify for benefits and put more children at risk of not being healthy or safe.

The KAC’s Kids Count report looks at 20 indicators of child well-being.

Fuchs Mi

November 20, 2013 at 10:03 am

Here you go people if this does not open your eyes to the problems we have here in Kansas nothing will. All of this while school districts like Salina want 100 million when they have not paid back their past debt. Or how about all that money given to police departments over and above what they are paid to catch seat belt offenders. Maybe the art groups and groups like friends of the river should be more concerned about about those children living in poverty conditions then where they wish to waste money.

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