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5 scary statistics about Nebraska’s kids

In honor of Halloween, we’re counting down a few of the scariest stats we could think of related to Nebraska’s kids.

1) About 1 in 8 Nebraska Households is Food Insecure, meaning that too many Nebraska families don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

2) The percent of Nebraska kids living below the poverty line has grown sharply over the past decade — to almost 1 in 5 Nebraska kids.

3) Nebraska incarcerates children at the third highest rate in the country.

4) In 2011, over 25% of children waiting to be adopted were teenagers, but less than 10% of adoptions in Nebraska involved them.

5) Two-thirds of Nebraska’s victims of abuse or neglect are under the age of 8, a critical time for child development.

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