This issue of Casey Connects shares key findings on children and poverty from the 16th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book. It spotlights a KIDS COUNT essay that explores why parents may be struggling to find work and then tells readers about real-world efforts to help these parents support their families. The newsletter also highlights Casey’s first-ever Border KIDS COUNT report, which looks at child well-being in a 4-state stretch of communities along the Mexican border.
Too many unemployed Americans are struggling to overcome poverty — and here’s 4 reasons why
Findings & Stats
More than 19 million adults abused, or were dependent on, alcohol or illicit drugs in 2003.
1 in 2 Women
Up to 50% of women who have experienced domestic violence have lost a job, at least in part because of their experience with abuse.
Fresh Start Difficulties
Only 40% of employers report that they would even consider hiring someone who has been in prison.
Readers will learn about programs in New York City, Atlanta and Washington state that are helping parents find work and support their families.
A New View
Casey’s first-ever Border KIDS COUNT report shares statistics on the well-being of 1.8 million children living along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Statements & Quotations
As a nation we can and must do a better job in helping tear down the most formidable barriers and help the parents of nearly 4 million kids connect to a job, become self-sufficient, and find a path out of poverty.
– Douglas W. NelsonPresident and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation , 1990 – 2010
The Casey Foundation advocates a call to action that includes improved screening and assessment of low-income adults to uncover hidden barriers, improved collection and analysis of data on adults with serious barriers to employment, increased emphasis on case management support and services that address multiple employment barriers concurrently, and increased support for the formerly incarcerated who are making efforts to transition back into the community.
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