Michigan scores below average on child welfare, according to new study

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Michigan was ranked among the top 20 states with the most underprivileged children, according to a new study by the financial website Wallet Hub.

The study also found that the Great Lakes State had the fifth highest rate of mistreated children in the country.

With August being “Child Support Awareness Month” and United States having the seventh highest child poverty rate among economically developed countries, the company compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24-key measures of neediness.

The data collected ranges from share of children in households with below-poverty income, to child food-insecurity rate to share maltreated children. For most of those categories, Michigan is below the national average.

According to numbers from the Children’s Defense Fund, more than 694,000 American children are abused or neglected every year; that’s one for every 45 seconds in a year.

On the bright side, Michigan’s youth homeless rate is slightly lower than average.

To view the full study, click here.

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