Human Services During Contemporary America

1732 WordsApr 27, 20167 Pages
Picture This: coming home to place where there aren’t any lights, water and probably no meal for the day. According to Human Services in Contemporary America poverty is the main reason why many babies don’t make it to see adulthood and why clean water and sanitation are not provided. It is the underlying cause of reduced life expectancy, and disability. Poverty is a major contributor to malnutrition, stress, divorces of a family and abuse (Schmolling). Many are at a disadvantage depending on where, how, and to whom they are born. In Cambodia, the babies that are born are more than likely to belong to a family that scavenges the streets to find items to sell just to survive. Meanwhile, in Sierra Leone, the chances that the child will make it past the first year of his/her life is half compared to those of the worldwide average. American babies seem to do far better than the other countries (“Welcome to the World: Born Poor, Die Poor”). There are more than 1.6 million homeless children in the United States (Paul Spicker). The stories of moms and their infants in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and the U.S., demonstrates the influences that labor have on poverty. Poverty rates are greatly influenced by overpopulation. Overpopulation occurs when a large number of people live in the same area with limited in space and resources. Developing countries often face overpopulation; except for the lack of unequal distribution of resources and space, they usually have high birth rates, and low
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