May 23, 2014
A new study at UVa shows one in three children in Virginia are living in economic insecurity.
Researchers with the Weldon Cooper Center developed a poverty measure that indicates 13 percent of children in Virginia are living in poverty. The study also shows that 18.5 percent are living at near poverty levels.
Researchers say there should be new policies put in place to help close the gap on poverty.
“There's a real economic threat when you let kids languish in poverty and don't address it because it means they may not reach their full potential as adults,” says Annie Rorem, policy associate for the Weldon Cooper Center. “So we feel that it is a problem now for these kids and it could be a problem in the future.”
They also looked at how many children were living in single parent household versus married households. Those numbers showed 50 percent of children living in economic insecurity are living in a married two parent home.