The affects of lead-based paint on children is a serious issue that is affecting millions of families each year. Because of the presence of lead-based paint in lower income housing, research is finding that among all children between the ages of 0 and 6 living in poverty are being hit the hardest (Jacobs et al, 2002). Of this group, the largest minority population affected is that of the non-Hispanic black population (“Child Trends”, 2003). It is estimated that 55% of all black children living in poverty have elevated levels of lead in their blood (Dugbatey et al, 2005). There has been legislature passed to prevent lead from invading our communities, but still there is a serious problem at hand.
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.
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
Every month, 770,000 people in Canada use food banks, with forty percent of those people being children. Living in poverty impacts children in many ways, from lower levels of education, to health problems, developmental delays, behaviour disorders, and even effecting the way they live as adults. Over time, many different groups brought the child poverty epidemic to the attention of the federal government hoping for
Paul Krugman: “America Must Redeclare the War on Poverty” Krugman states “poverty in early childhood is like poison to the brain”. Many children experience the effects of poverty such as unhealthy levels of stress, thus making it harder to escape poverty. Since the war on poverty was abandoned approximately forty years ago and the government shifted its focus on the alleged abuses of welfare, the percentage of those in poverty has increased and is getting worse. When President Johnson declared the “war on poverty” forty four years ago there was a dramatic reduction of those affected by poverty. The increase in the percentage of people today in poverty should show the government something needs to be done and we should once again re-declare
The Great Depression in Canada The Great Depression in Canada was a very difficult time. Almost everybody was affected by this brutal time period. The Great Depression profoundly affected the family unit. Children found themselves in orphanages and were working for a very small pay and out of school. Men struggled to maintain and find jobs to support his family, and women struggled to put food on the table and care for her children with the little or no money that the men brought home.
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 belief that working to end child homelessness will have far-reaching and lasting effects on the future of our society. Homeless families are increasing at an alarming rate in the United States, with profound effects on millions of American children. One in fifty children experiences homelessness in America each year, according to a recent study by the National Center on Family Homelessness. Nearly half of those children are under the age of six – the most vulnerable group of all. ( Horizons for Homeless Children, November 23, 2011 ).
‘The Cause and Effect of Poverty in the UK’ Poverty People don’t always understand the causes and effects of this so called ‘poverty’ so that’s why I’m going to explain it. A simple definition of poverty would be; “The state of being extremely poor/ the state of being inferior in quality or insufficient in amount.” Poverty is often highlighted as humans not been able to obtain compulsory features of life such health care, education and in some cases, the essential needs such as water, warmth and shelter. Millions and millions of people, as well as children, face these problems on a daily basis in the UK. Just to get an exact number of these ‘millions’, a study said 2.2 million children and two million working age adults were living in absolute poverty in 2009-10! Causes and effects of Poverty A starting point for causing poverty can be as simple as early age pregnancies.
Poverty is known to be the major cause of school dropouts. The inability to pay school tuitions and fees, to purchase books, and to have the opportunity to enroll in good high schools and universities lead people harshly to leave school. In addition, recent research reveals that a huge amount of school dropouts is the result of poverty, and it does not enable people to enroll in good high school and universities, whereas government is putting a blind eye. In fact, we can notice a lot of poor people in the rural regions who are complaining most of the time that they do not have enough money to afford tuitions simply because these families earn the minimum salary. Students who live and study in an unusual way cannot outperform at school, and this is one reason in which students decide to leave school.