Helping Children Close to Home

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Posted on 2/6/2013
Booth in farmers' market, with vegetables arranged on tables and some people in background.
In South Dakota, a ChildFund-supported gardening project led to a farmers market.

Millions of children living in poverty need our help around the world and even in the United States. A lack of jobs and income inequality have contributed to increased poverty among American children.

A Lasting Challenge

Childhood poverty is a serious problem in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 9.5 million households lived on incomes below the national poverty threshold in 2011, more than one-third of which were headed by single mothers. The challenges of the recent recession and stubbornly slow economic recovery in some sections of the country have meant that more children and their families are living in poverty today than at any other point during the 53 years during which poverty statistics have been recorded, according to the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.

Across the United States, more than 16 million children live in poverty — the equivalent of roughly one out of every five children, higher than any other demographic in the country, according to Census data. Unfortunately, the situation may be even worse than official statistics indicate, as the measures for calculating poverty rates were developed by the U.S. Census Bureau during the 1960s, when costs vital to families' economic security, such as transportation and child care, were not taken into consideration.

Early Intervention

Many children who are at the highest risk of poverty belong to ethnic minorities. ChildFund focuses a majority of its efforts in the United States on children of American Indian, Hispanic and African-American descent. ChildFund works with community-based organizations in Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas to provide children with preventative health care and developmental skills encouraging cognitive, emotional, physical and social growth, as well as promoting good parenting and peer support. To achieve these goals, we need your help.

One of the best ways you can help ChildFund continue to aid children in the United States is by sponsoring a child. For just $35 per month, you will give an American child a chance at a promising future.