New Casey Foundation report illuminates needs and barriers facing Missouri’s young parents and their children
With limited access to opportunities to advance their education and find family-sustaining jobs, Missouri’s 67,000 young adult parents face hurdles to support their children and fulfill their own potential, according to Opening Doors for Young Parents, the latest KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® grantee in Missouri, the Family and Community Trust, joined the call for action so these young parents can contribute to the state’s communities and economy while raising their children in safe and healthy households.
The fifty-state report issued September 25 reveals that, at 13 percent, Missouri is above the national average (10 percent) of youth ages 18 to 24 who are also young parents. The report highlights the following statewide trends and areas of concern:
● 67,000 children in Missouri have young parents ages 18 to 24.
● 67 percent of children of young parents in Missouri live in low-income families.
● Only 11 percent of young parents ages 18 to 24 have completed an associate degree or higher.
● 26 percent of Missouri’s young parents are people of color, facing challenges exacerbated by discrimination and systemic inequities, with their children standing to suffer the most.