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Report: Advantages For Low-Income Latino Kids With Foreign-Born Parent

A greater share of low-income Hispanic children with a foreign-born parent live with at least one employed parent compared to other low-income children, according to a newly released analysis.

Eighty-one percent of low-income Latino children with at least one foreign-born parent live with an employed adult, according to an analysis by Child Trends National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families. That compared with roughly two-thirds of Hispanic children with only U.S. born parents and a similar share for white children, and 54 percent of black children. The nativity of white and black children was not broken down in the study.

The study also found that among Latino children with a foreign-born parent, 36 percent live in a married household. Half the children in households with U.S. parents live in single-parent households. The study points to the need to look at programs and services according to the needs of different households.

Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing minority group among U.S. children and they are disproportionately poor. Roughly two-thirds of low-income Hispanic children have at least one foreign born parent.

The center sought to look at the makeup of families of low-income Hispanic children, who are more likely to have at least on foreign born parent. In 2014, 16 percent of all immigrant children were white and nine percent were black.

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