A letter submitted recently to county commissioners by Madison County Department of Family and Children Services detailed the county’s poverty numbers.
DFCS board chairperson Shelia Collins submitted a letter to county commissioners requesting no budget increase for 2013. DFCS is requesting $33,500 for 2013, the same as this year.
The letter noted that according to the 2010 Census, 19 percent of Madison County residents live below the poverty line, with children constituting 37 percent of those living in poverty. DFCS provided food stamps to 6,791 residents in Madison County last year, a 62 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. Medicaid was also provided to 2,410 citizens, while 577 children were served through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.
Meanwhile, DFCS responded to 187 reports of abuse or neglect and served 26 children in foster care.