New data from the Michigan League for Public Policy finds fewer Michigan children live in poverty today than a decade ago. However, there’s been a sharp rise in investigations and confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect. Since 2010, the number children in investigated families has increased nearly 72%, and confirmed cases are up by one-third.
Kids Count director Kelsey Perdue says those figures don’t account for the recent social stress of the coronavirus.
“So, we already had a lot of work to do, and as we consider how do we recover from this crisis, it’s really an opportunity to re-set and reconsider who and what our priorities are,” Perdue said. “It needs to be children and families.”