Child poverty refers to the phenomenon of children living in poverty. This applies to children that come from poor families or orphans being raised with limited, or absent state resources.
Know how in stories often times the main character is from a poor family or background? Or your favorite singer started out at the very bottom and managed to make it to the top? Well this problem is much bigger then we are led on to believe. The worst part is even schools to take into consideration the amount of money needed to pay everyday bills and expenses to live a healthy live, when colleges charge over 50,000 dollars to further a basic education.
16 million or 22% of all children in the United States live in families who have incomes below the federal poverty level of $23,550 a year for a family of 4. On average a families need an income of twice that amount to cover basic expenses. Between low wages and unstable employment families are struggling to make ends meet. Research shows that poverty affects a child’s ability to learn and contributes to social, emotional, and behavioral problems. Poverty even contributes to poor physical and mental health.Children and teens who grew up in child poverty often times turn to a life of crimes and selling drugs as a means to survive because they only saw how their parents worked in an honest way, and yet still couldn’t provide properly for the family.