ERIC Number: ED231545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Poor Children and American Social Policy: Are We Meeting Our Responsibilities?
As a result of budget cuts and policy changes, health, nutrition, and social welfare programs have been rendered less able to help children and families, particularly those families hard hit by the recession. It is argued that there is no excuse for these cuts and that if the economy were growing and employment levels were high, the budget cuts might have made some sense. However, the context in which policy choices are being made can be summed up in three points: poverty is increasing, eligibility for assistance is decreasing, and those who qualify for assistance get less. Sophisticated national data on these problems are increasingly unavailable and less likely to be promptly analyzed or published than in the past. Personal and anecdotal reports do indicate that severe problems exist; for example: soup kitchens, inadequate medical coverage, inadequate prenatal care, temporary foster care placements, itinerant families, infants of low birth weight, infant death, children who fail to thrive, the effects of toxic water on infants, and prolonged poor nutrition among the elderly. Further, presently available data provide evidence that hunger and malnutrition are serious problems once again. These data come from six sources: the numerous individuals below the poverty line, reports from private and public agencies, media reports, local studies, and medical reports. Finally, these shifts in public policy will have important long-term implications. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Food Research and Action Center, Washington, DC.