LAS VEGAS -- Nevada's high unemployment and foreclosure rates are devastating to the Silver State's children, that is the finding of a national study on child well-being.
The study done by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ranked Nevada among the worst states for child welfare. Child poverty across the country is up 38 percent from 2000 to 2009. Nevada also had the most number of kids living with at least one unemployed parent.
"It's really sad, people are living with other family members, they're struggling, it's really hard right now and it's not stopping yet," said Cheryl Faith, a mother of three.
The line at the Nevada Division of Welfare office keeps growing. Faith used to own a cleaning business and her husband was a successful construction worker. Both lost their jobs and applied for food stamps a year ago to feed their children.
The study found that 13 percent of Nevada's children have been kicked out of their homes because of unpaid mortgages.
Catholic Charities has dozens of programs to help those with and without homes.
"People that used to make a $100,000 a year, and they used to have nice cars, a nice house, and they lost their job, their house, and they just ended up at shelters," said Ellen Ramirez, Catholic Charities case manager.
Catholic Charities provides year-long apartment housing for 50 families in transition. Normally, there's a three month waiting list but -- at the moment -- it's eight months.
The study did show that Nevada improved in the teen birth rate, the teen death rate, and the percentage of teens not in school or graduating.
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