Gov. Sam Brownback’s newly formed task force on child poverty was told Monday that the increase in “non-marital births” was a leading cause of child poverty.
Ron Haskins, a senior fellow with The Brookings Institution, said that from a child’s perspective, “They need a mom, they need a dad, they need consistency ”¦ if that occurs it has major impacts on development.”
Haskins’ comments were made during the first meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Reducing Childhood Poverty. Brownback appointed the group earlier this month.