Report Shows Increase in Michigan Child Poverty Rates

An advocacy groups says the number of children living in poverty is higher than ever, and still growing.

The Kids Count in Michigan Data Book was released Monday by the Lansing-based and nonpartisan policy institute, Michigan League for Public Policy.

The report shows children living in poverty was up 23% from 2006 to 2014 and that child poverty rates went up in 80 of Michigan’s 83 counties.

It also shows the rate of child abuse and neglect was up 29% across Michigan from 2006 to 2014.

The report says that research shows poverty can expose children to lead and increase the changes of low birthweight, infant mortality, poor school performance and low graduation rates.

The federal government says an annual income of $24,300 for a family of four is the poverty threshold.