FC: Child Poverty
1: A decade of child poverty
3: In the United States our poverty level is set at $23,021 for a family of four. Most of the families that are considered to be living in poverty are one parent households, which means 3 of the 4 are children. According to research 45% of children live in low-income families. The United States is the richest country in the world, but our child poverty rate is the second highest in the world
5: while aid is available such as state assistance many still cannot provide. Regulations help but restrict those living in poverty to ever get out of destitute. The parent often have low income jobs because if their pay were to increase they would lose child care assistance. The child is often restricted to that way of life. It hinders the child from pulling out of the social class
7: In 2011 it marked a decade of increase within the child poverty level. In 2001 the poverty level was 15.6 % , by 2011 it had reached 21.4 %. The recession 2007-2009 caused a jump in the number. When the recession hit it caused once middle class families to lose a steady income due to the increase of unemployed Americans. The people that were getting by were now living in poverty along with their children. Most middle class families need two incomes to stay above the poverty line.
9: Poverty will affect a child in many ways. The child is exposed to poor eating habits and will be at risk for malnutrition or obesity. They often will have a lower education level than a child living in better circumstances. They often miss school, move often or live in a struggling school district. A child that has continually lived in poverty will also be emotionally unstable. They often struggle with social interaction causing behavioral problems. Lack of medical care causes children to be in poor health.
11: Many factors go in to raising the child poverty level. Children are defenseless it has to start in their home with community support. It is argued about on a daily basis who should receive assistance. "Living off of the system"is often said about many families that do take part in these programs. What people seem to forget are the children involved. Communities often do fundraisers for school supplies, food , and clothing. This gives some relief to the families.
13: The child poverty level has to be tackled on a bigger scale to make an effort. Starting with the Federal and State governments. A new plan for welfare and unemployeement need to be put into to place. The schools in the poverty stricken areas also need help. The lower income schools often get overlooked and the children left behind. The child poverty level effects many generations. It is something that has to be taken care of