Who are the children of the poor? What’s it’s like for these children – in their homes, their neighborhoods and schools? Pope Francis is challenging all of us to see, hear, and respond to the cry of the poor, to not see them in abstract terms.
For the children of the poor, life is only beginning yet already they face tremendous obstacles if they are to overcome poverty and eventually raise happy and financially secure families of their own.
Childhood poverty can lead to a lifetime of poverty, of intergenerational poverty. What can be done to stop poverty at its source and offer children new hope? Scholars tell us that ending childhood poverty must begin with strong families of committed parents who have the resources to give their children a good start in life.
Below find articles prepared by the Missouri Catholic Conference that address aspects of childhood poverty. Many of the articles link to scholarly studies and commentary. We invite you to read this information and check back later as we add additional articles. Finally, we welcome your ideas on this important topic.
- Healthy Brain Development Critical For Infants and Young Children
- Poverty May Affect Brain Development in Children
- Falling Behind Early – The Plight of the Children of the Poor
- Remembering James Coleman and the Coleman Report
- What’s more Important to Academic Success – Schools or Families?
Fragile Families, Fragile Children
- What Constitutes a Fragile Family?
- Absent Dads = Increased Risk of Sons Going to Prison
- Absent Dads = Increased Risk of Daughters Engaging in Early Sexual Activity
Marriage and Family
- The Marriage Crisis no one is Talking About
- Who’s Getting Married?
- Which Parents with Children are Most Likely to be Married?
- Babies Born Outside of Marriage
- Missouri’s Non-martial Birth Rates
- Out of Wedlock Births are the New Normal Among Mellennials
- Love, Marriage, and then Children – A Vanishing Sequence
- Why Marriage is Declining in Middle America