LANSING, MI (WHTC) - The numbers from the latest Kids Count in Michigan study, taken from numbers complied between 2005 and 2011, show that Ottawa County was tops among the 83 counties statewide in child well-being, while Allegan County was 11th. However, child poverty increased 78 percent in Ottawa County and 52 percent in Allegan County, while the rate of confirmed abuse and neglect victims also rose by marks of three and 40, respectively. The statewide increase in both of those categories stood at 28 percent. Officials of the activist group Michigan League for Public Policy, who helped conduct the study, say that nearly a million children in Michigan are considered to be living in poverty, and are using these figures to advocate with state lawmakers a full funding restoration of several public assistance and unemployment entitlements.
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