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Child Poverty Increases In Oregon
A new report issued by Children First for Oregon shows an increase on 12% increase in childhood poverty. 20% of Oregon kids are now living in poverty. The organization's concern is that kids who grow up in poverty are disproportionately exposed to abuse, drop out of high school and are more susceptible to homelessness and hunger.
One bright spot is the finding that 91.2% percent of Oregon kids have health insurance coverage thanks in part to Oregon Healthy Kids, which saw an 11% increase in enrollment. They also indicate a reduction in the number of abused children who were re-victimized.
In Jackson County, their research shows a median income of $57,700 per household, which is 9% lower than the state median. While teen pregnancy rates are improving, Jackson County still runs behind the state. It also shows some 2,288 homeless students and 696 children in foster care in 2011.
Robin Christian is Executive Director for Children First, and she says that in light of this information, it is now more important than ever to "protect programs and agencies that support families and ensure that children are safe and able to thrive."