Why Minnesota's poorest kids will stay poor


November 19, 2011

Why Minnesota's poorest kids will stay poor

BY CYNTHIA BOYD, MINNPOST

November 19, 2011


Minnesota's poorest children are at high risk of never overcoming the debilitating effects of poverty, despite a state program intended to better their lot, according to a new study by the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota.

According to "Minnesota's Invisible Children: Children in Families Receiving MFIP,'' about 70 percent of those receiving financial support through the Minnesota Family Investment Program Assistance are children, yet "MFIP is woefully inadequate in keeping kids out of poverty,'' says Marcie Jefferys, the fund's policy development director and author of the report.
 
"MFIP keeps children from destitution, but they remain poor and are often pushed deeper into poverty by current policies,'' the report notes.

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