13.9% of children in Virginia live in poverty


Voices of Virginia's Children has come out with new data about Virginia's children and some of the statistics may alarm you.

Voices of Virginia's Chilrdren created to improve public policies and improve the lives of Virginia's children, especially in Northern Virginia. The organization focuses on advocacy for all children with a special emphasis on chilren with disabilities and works to mobilize leaders to meet the needs of Virginia's children.

Here are some interesting statistics about how Virginia stands up to other states in helping our children.

  • Virginia has 2 million children.
  • 256,000 or 13.9% of Virginia's children live in poverty.
  • According to the Virginia Department of Social Services's Snapshot of Child in Care in 2010 report, 3,658 children are put into non-relative foster care homes.
  • 17.3% of children in Alexandria live below the poverty level (2009).
  • Virginia is the 9th most prosperous state, but last in the country when it comes to getting kids out of foster care.

Virginia's chilren need our help to foster a safe and supportive environmemt for them to excel and stregthen our state.

Look for organizations that support children and families in our community using the ACTion Alexandria organization directory or by going to http://actionalexandria.org/organization

Sources:

http://www.city-data.com/poverty/poverty-Alexandria-Virginia.html

http://vakids.org/pubs/foster%20care/APortraitofVirginia%27sChildWelfare...

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