State of America’s Children: Child Poverty Essay

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State of America’s Children: Child Poverty Argosy University Online November 20, 2013 Abstract America is one of the riches countries in the world it is home to approximately 406 billionaires and many millionaires, babies are being born into poverty about every 32 seconds everyday (Children’s Defense Fund, 2010). The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) reports one is every five children are born in to poverty and children constitute for the poorest age group in America (Children’s Defense Fund, 2010). About 22% of children in American families are officially considered poor (National Center for Children in Poverty, 2013). Extreme poverty exists when a family of four lives below or half the annual poverty level of…show more content…
In America at least one in 12 children lives in extreme poverty (Children’s Defense Fund, 2010). The United States has the largest division between the rich and poor on record according to The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). For less than $140 billion dollars poverty could be eradicated in the United States (Children’s Defense Fund, 2010). The findings of the report conducted by The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) estimates that Pennsylvania (the state in which I reside) ranked sixth in the ten states with the largest number of poor suburban children and ranked ninth in the ten states with the largest number of poor urban children (Children’s Defense Fund, 2010). The report also stated that California ranked first in both the ten states with the largest number of poor suburban and urban children (Children’s Defense Fund, 2010). The children who are exposed to poverty often times have parents who work but their jobs pay them low wages and their work is unstable (National Center for Children in Poverty, 2013). This causes the children and their families to struggle to make ends meet on a day to day basis (National Center for Children in Poverty, 2013). Research has shown that children who live in poverty display difficulties in their learning capabilities and also have issues with behavioral, emotional, and social problems (National Center for Children in Poverty, 2013). Poor physical and
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