Casey Connects: Summer 2005

KIDS COUNT Message Highlights Barriers to Employment

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

June 21, 2005

Summary

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.  

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Key Takeaway

Too many unemployed Americans are struggling to overcome poverty — and here’s 4 reasons why

Nearly 13 million children are living in poverty at the time of this report and more than 4 million children live in households where no adult or parent has worked the past year. In its 16th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, the Annie E. Casey Foundation shines a light on these struggling families and identifies 4 major barriers to employment for parents: 1) substance abuse; 2) prior incarceration; 3) domestic violence; and 4) depression.

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