Development challenges for children start at home

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BELOIT - Nearly two-thirds of the babies in Beloit - 63 percent - are born to unwed mothers, according to the 2016 Profile for Beloit by the Division of Public Health.

The data was collected by the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center. The most recent year reported is 2014.

More than 1 in 3 of those single-mother families lived in poverty in 2015, according to the National Women's Law Center at https://nwlc.org.

Female-headed households with children are more likely to be in poverty than male-headed households or households headed by married couples. The poverty rate for female-headed families with children was 36.5 percent, compared to 22.1 percent for male-headed families with children and 7.5 percent of families with children headed by married couples, according to the National Women's Law Center at https://nwlc.org.

In Beloit, 8.6 percent of babies were born to mothers under 20-years-old in 2016, according to information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov. The number is down from 18.1 percent in 2010.

The School District of Beloit's percentage of economically disadvantaged students is currently 71 percent, according to information from the school district.

As of Friday, Nov. 3, there were 291 identified homeless youth in the district. Out of that number, 68 are unaccompanied homeless teens, according to School District of Beloit Homeless Liaison Robin Stuht.

The median family income in Beloit is $37,500, according to the 2010 Census (in 2015 dollars).

The median family income in Wisconsin is $53,357, according to the 2010 Census (in 2015 dollars).

In Beloit, 81 percent of people have a high school education or higher; 16 percent have a bachelor's degree or higher, according to the 2010 Census.

In Wisconsin, 91 percent of people have a high school education or higher; 28 percent have a bachelor's degree or higher, according to the 2010 Census.

There were 1,166 reported domestic violence incidents in Beloit from 2014 to 2016, according to the October 2017 "Interim Status Brief on Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Sex Trafficking" produced by The Women's Fund of the Stateline Community Foundation.

In the last three years there have been 30 percent more foster care cases in Rock County due to the forced separation of children from their homes, often removing them from their mother who may be a victim of domestic violence, according to the October 2017 Women's Fund study.

In Beloit in 2015, there were 1,342 referrals of potential child abuse made to Child Protective Services and 1,471 referrals made to the agency in 2016, according to data from Assistant to the County Administrator Nicholas Osborne.

There were 463 referrals of child abuse which were deemed as needing to be assessed in Beloit in 2015 and 460 in 2016, according to data from Osborne.

There were 200 registered sex offenders living in Beloit, Wisconsin as of Oct. 26, 2017. The ratio of number of residents in Beloit to the number of sex offenders is 37 to 1, according to www.citydata.com.

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