Examination of Children and Poverty in America

Poverty and Children in the United States
Shaloea James-Harrison
Axia College

      As the recession persists across the United States, communities confront reduction in proceeds to fund several programs that assist in providing families with shelter, food, employment, education, and healthcare. The impacts of the decrease of funds in these types of programs are increasing the number of children who will live in poverty in the United States in 2010. Some might be asking the question, what actually does poverty mean?   Poverty is food shortage. Poverty is deficiency of housing or refuge. Poverty is acquiring an illness and not having the ability to pay a visit to a physician. Poverty is not possessing entrée into an adequate educational institute and not having the ability to understand school material. Poverty is not obtaining fair employment, which is panic for individuals who live day-by-day, unaware of how he or she will support his or her family. Poverty is helplessness, lack of significance and independence. As employment in the United States decreases, leaving families without homes, health care and food, children are severely impacted and forced into the system of poverty. Many people assume poverty is the lack of food or living on the streets; however as I mentioned above there are several factors that should be considered when examining the poverty issue of children within the United States. In this essay, I will examine some of the causes, characteristics and the impacts of children living in poverty and possible solutions to decrease and eventually terminate poverty within the United States.
    One of the major factors of poverty is lack of or decrease in employment within the United States; this factor is what is causing families to lose their homes and move into shelters or even onto the streets. According to the Journal Current Events, (2009), “Poverty is most concentrated in urban areas. According to the 2008 report by the U.S., Conference of...