Oregon ranks first in the nation for the rate of homeless children and youth and 10th in the percentage of foster care placements, according to a new report by WalletHub.
Overall, Oregon ranked 12th in the ratio of disadvantaged, or “underprivileged” children, compared with Washington, which ranked 26th, and California, which was 22nd.
The report, “2018’s States with the Most Underprivileged Children,” compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 child welfare metrics using statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources to rank the states on child welfare.
Metrics included the percentage of children living in poverty, the rate of child food insecurity, the state’s share of children who have been reported abused and other factors.
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