Thursday, May 22, 2014

Children and poverty, a report from UVA

UVA child poverty report, family structure
Graphic [from UVA]
The Demographics Research Group in UVA's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service has issued a report on child poverty in Virginia.   The report, New Insights on Childhood Poverty - A Deeper Look into the Results from the Virginia Poverty Measure sought to answer three research questions:
  1. How prevalent is childhood poverty in Virginia?
  2. How does family structure relate to childhood poverty?
  3. Are current poverty amelioration strategies — particularly those promoting marriage — sufficient given what we know about childhood poverty?

One of the key findings is "While children in single- and cohabiting-parent families make up one-half of all children in and near poverty, the other one-half of all poor and near-poor children lives with married parents."

I'm wondering if and how this research can inform public policy and practice in DC.   Thoughts?

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