Well, this is heartbreaking.

Our friends over at WalletHub have just released some interesting data regarding states with the most underprivileged children, and let's just say it isn't good news for kids in Montana.

According to the information, 1 out of 6 kids in the United States is living in poverty and the Children's Defense Fund has statistics that say that a child is abused and or neglected every 48 seconds across the United States.

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It's one of those topics that people aren't comfortable talking about, but the facts are the facts and there are a whole lot of kids out there that need help. Montana leads the nation when it comes to the number of children currently in Foster Care while ranking high in several others.

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Credit: Canva

So what are the different categories used to compile the information? WalletHub used the following categories:

  • Socia-Economic Welfare
  • Health
  • Education
Source: WalletHub

When it comes to Socia-Economic Welfare, Montana ranks 14th in the nation, we're ranked 7th for Health, and 11th for Education.  Combine those scores and that gives the state a ranking of 10th as far as States With The Most Underprivileged Children.

While it's not good news, it certainly shouldn't surprise too many, especially when you consider that Montana is ranked 44th when it comes to early education in the state.

So what can be done? What are some ways that we can make sure that our kids are getting the things that need here in Montana?

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Credit: Canva

Recently, my wife and I who have struggled for years to have children of our own decided that we would look into foster care.  As mentioned above, Montana leads the nation for kids in foster care, which means they're always looking for good, loving, qualified folks to help. We're currently in the process of getting licensed and it's been a pretty smooth process.

Other options include researching those running for local and state office and finding out where they stand when it comes to helping Montana children. Plus, there are several different nonprofits that help our kids across the state and they're always looking for volunteers and contributions.

The bottom line, there are things that we can do to ensure that our kids in Montana have a better and brighter future, and when that happens, we all benefit.

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