AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine children’s advocates, legislators and congressional aides are gathering in Augusta to discuss the impact of the struggling economy on children.
Thursday’s conference focuses on how Congress can impact the lives of children in a time of need. Organizers say 46,000 Maine children live in poverty, more than 19,000 lack health insurance and nearly 9,000 are abused or neglected. Advocates are worried about budget shortfalls for programs to help these children.
The conference is sponsored by a state campaign of the Every Child Matters Education Fund and The Alliance for Children’s Care, Education and Supporting Services. Every Child Matters President Michael Petit, a former Maine human services commissioner, addressed the conference.