15,000 More Arkansas Children Living in Poverty, Report Shows

June 30th, 2020

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 31st edition of its Kids Count Data Book. The annual report looks at child well-being in the United States by analyzing economics, health, education, and family and community. While Arkansas’ overall ranking of childhood well-being remained the same as last year’s report at 40th, the state’s economic well-being rank dropped significantly from 36th to 46th.

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Arkansas foster numbers rise as pandemic closes court hearings

Children in foster care have supervised and, when appropriate, unsupervised visitations with their biological families while living with their foster parents. DCFS has encouraged more teleconferenced visitations during the pandemic to reduce the chances of exposure to everyone concerned. However, there are cases where a home visit is more appropriate, such as one mother who needs to bond with her newborn.

The pandemic has added to the challenges of being a foster parent as some of the supports, including schools and child care facilities, are not available. DCFS provided a one-time $125 per-child increase in the April payment for foster parents to help with additional expenses and is exploring another increase. Foster parents would be paid an additional $500 per month if the federal government approves a requested Medicaid waiver by Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s administration

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