A report on child welfare shows the number of Kansas children below the poverty line is growing.
Kansas Action for Children says the state childhood poverty rate is now over 23 percent, up more than five percent from 2008.
The annual Kids Count report looks at 20 factors in four main categories, including economic well-being, family and community, education and health.
Kansas Action for Children CEO Shannon Cotsoradis says Lyon County trends along with the statewide numbers.
Cotsoradis says parents are still having trouble finding full employment, so they are relying more and more on public assistance. At the same time, eligibility requirements have tightened, meaning fewer individuals and families can get help.
Cotsoradis says the 1-in-4 statistic is worrysome, because it means there are children being denied access to high-quality resources early in life, therefore leading to a higher chance of them becoming poor adults.
KVOE News reporter AJ Dome contributed to this report.