Study says Colorado Led Nation in Child Poverty Increase

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Denver (AP) Calling it a troubling trend, state officials and a child support group are releasing a report that says Colorado led the nation with a 73 percent increase in the number of children living in poverty.

Megan Ferland, president of the Colorado Children's Campaign, says during a six-year period beginning in 2000, the number of children in poverty soared from 104,000 to 180,000, leaving many families without hope of breaking the poverty cycle.

She says poverty is the biggest obstacle to opportunity for children and the impact can last a lifetime.

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