There are two main reasons that American children are poor: Their parents don't work much, and fathers are absent from the home. In good economic times or bad, the typical poor family with children is supported by only 800 hours of work during a year: That amounts to 16 hours of work per week. If work in each family were raised to 2,000 hours per year the equivalent of one adult working 40 hours per week throughout the year nearly 75 percent of poor children would be lifted out of official poverty. Father absence is another major cause of child poverty. Nearly twothirds of poor children reside in singleparent homes; each year, an additional 1.3 million children are born out of wedlock.
Over 1/3 of the world’s children suffer from absolute poverty, and over 1/3 of all children in the world have to live in a dwelling with more than five people in each room. Also in developing countries over 375 million children drink unsafe water, which can be a cause of diseases. Infectious diseases are one of the main causes of death in some countries, and many children die before there 5th birthday. A big difference between countries is the fact that in countries such as Sierra Leone there are child soldiers. These children never experience the normal childhood, or get the true experience of the ‘golden age’.
For example, in 2012 more than 40% were not in education, employment or training. 68% of homelessness organisations said there was not enough youth-specific emergency accommodation, while 43% of local authorities reported placing young people in unsuitable B&B accommodation, as well as 6 in 10 homelessness organisations being unable to support a young person due to limited capacity. Homelessness is not only a housing problem. There are lots of reasons why a young person could become homeless. More than half of young people become homeless because of a relationship breakdown, mainly with their parents.
32,500 children have been neglected in 2010, and in Ingham County 42 percent of children have been abused or neglected (milhs.org). In Ingham County, 8.5 children of every 1000 are in out of home care, referring to foster homes, etc (milhs.org). Unemployment rates and low income is affecting the youth and children in terrible ways. WLNS.COM reported in an article titled “More Michigan Children living in Poverty” that there are a lot of reasons why neglect and abuse has gone up 92%. Now there are more health professionals available to investigate issues of neglect and abuse and family court in Ingham County has become a strong source of help for
In New Orleans, poverty among young children was high, partly because many parents were out of work or in low-wage jobs; also, a high percentage of families were headed by a single parent. Parents’ poor education, health limitations, and disability probably also contributed (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2004). The sketchy information available on the health and development of New Orleans’ young children suggests that many were not doing well. This is not surprising: a wide range of studies consistently shows that poverty and low incomes correlate with worse outcomes for children (Golden 2005). Before the hurricane, Louisiana’s capacity to meet the needs of these young children was limited.
Uninsured children are 10 times more likely than insured children to have unmet medical needs, such as untreated asthma, diabetes or obesity, and are 5 times as likely as an insured child to go more than two years without seeing a doctor, according to Uninsured Children: The Children’s Defense Fund,2012. Children without adequate health insurance are also more likely to die from diseases or illnesses. Children living in a poverty filled home may have health issues that come from such things as no running water, lack of food, lack of heat, or an infestation of bugs. These poor living conditions can really cause a child to fall ill, but when they don’t have the means to receive healthcare, they can become seriously ill. Health can influence everything from a child’s ability to learn to a child’s overall wellbeing (Wolf, 1999). When a parent does not have health insurance for their child, they tend to wait longer to take that child in for care.
Foster care is unfavorable to American society, because “according to national statistic 40 to 50 percent of those children will never complete high school. Sixty-six percent of them will be homeless, go to jail or die within one year of leaving the foster care system at 18.” “80 percent of the prison population once was in foster care, and that girls in foster care are 600 percent more likely than the general population to become pregnant before the age of 21.” BRITTANY NUNN (2012), author of Statistics Suggest Bleak Futures for Children Who Grow up in the Foster Care
The Issue of Poverty and Hunger By: Nolan Kibit Lit III 2nd Hour One in seven people die of hunger, and 2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunized .Many people do not know how large of an effect poverty has on the health crisis that we face. Poverty is an important global issue because it plays a role in the estimated one billion people who lack access to health care systems. Health issues are a main concern for countries with high poverty populations. Poverty effects the way we act and live, and our health effects the way that we behave in the real world. Poverty effects our health in many ways including mental health and diseases, access to vaccinations, malnutrition, and attaining adequate healthcare.
The schools are generally over crowded with few good teachers. When there's a great public school there is not enough space for every child in the neighborhood. Children are stuck in low achieving schools because of how the school districts are divided. A lot of children end up in poor public schools because their parents do not possess the income that it takes to send them to a private school. Since 1971 education cost has increased from $4,300 to more than $9,000 per student.
Child Poverty Many children and young people in Norfolk face a variety of disadvantages that mean they are less likely to have positive outcomes for their lives. A new child poverty report has revealed that parts of Norfolk have almost half of its children living in financial hardship. The latest report from The Campaign to End Child Poverty, named Norwich as the local authority worst affected in the region, with more than a quarter (30%) of children affected. One area in particular Nelson in Great Yarmouth is just 1% away of half of its children living in poverty.