New Report Shows Huge Increase in Child Poverty

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Banksy Boston In 2008, one million more children were living in households in poverty than were in 2000. (flickr: Chris Devers)

According to a new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT, child poverty is on the rise in America. The report, which looked at data from 2008, shows that even before the recession hit, one million more children were living in households below the poverty line than in 2000. 

"That's a real warning sign for us," says Laura Beavers, national KIDS COUNT coordinator for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. "We are fully expecting that when the Census Bureau releases new data on child poverty this year, the child poverty rate is likely to climb above 20 percent."

The report also revealed the states with the highest ranking for overall well-being of children, and the states with the lowest rankings: New Hampshire ranked first, while Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi ranked in the bottom three.

We talk with Mariah Webster, a single mother of one living in New Hampshire. She has been unemployed since the end of 2008. We also talk with Chinnaill Parker, a single mother of four living in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Guests:

Chinnaill Parker and Mariah Webster

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [2]

Peg

Why are poor women having so many children when they do not have the financial means to pay for them? If one is a poor female, our system rewards her with welfare benefits if she has infants to care for. Hence - more poverty pregnancies. Unfortunately, this system is the best solution for providing the barest of life's necessities, but locks that family into never ending poverty

Jul. 28 2010 09:34 AM
justathought

Wow, what a shallow interview. Celeste in particular had absolutely no sympathy in her voice: "Is it true that you can't afford the basic necessities?" (Tell our affluent listeners what that's like, because we have no idea.) How about asking the women how, specifically, they struggle to keep their heads above water each day, how the economy has changed their situation, and what they'd like to see happen in terms of legislation to improve their situation?

Jul. 28 2010 07:19 AM

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