A report released this month by the National Center on Family Homelessness states that one in every 50 children in the nation is homeless, while in Massachusetts more than 17,505 youngsters don’t have permanent homes.

The report ranks states based on the extent and risk of child homelessness, state policy and planning efforts and child well-being. It gives the Bay State a ranking as the eighth best, with Connecticut first and Texas faring the worst.

“Massachusetts is doing well compared to other states,” said Dr. Ellen Bassuk, the center’s president. “There’s a problem and they’re going after it.”

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