The number of Americans in poverty reached a 51-year high according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In Florida, more than 15% of children are now living in poverty, and Orange County poverty rates are among the highest in the state. This infographic from Mint.com tells the story.
Child abuse is directly correlated with poverty rates, and we have seen an increase in the number of children entering the child protection system in Orange and Osceola Counties due to abuse and neglect over the past year. Unfortunately, rates of child abuse tend to increase as government funding for child protection decreases. Private sector funding is critical now more than ever to keep our children safe. Support our children today for a better, safer tomorrow.