the fleeing bird
turns back to her children
turns back…

~Issa  (www.haikuguy.com)

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Homelessness

Based on a calculation using the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education and the 2013 U.S. Census, 2.5 million children in America—one in every 30 children—go to sleep without a home of their own each year.  (cited: America Institutes for Research)

Poverty

While many American families have experienced economic gains in recent years, children are still most likely to live in households too poor to cover their basic needs, according to new research from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Using the latest available data from the American Community Survey, NCCP researchers found that children make up around a quarter of the U.S. population, but represent more than a third of the nation’s poorest residents. According to Basic Facts about Low-Income Children, the center’s annual profiles on child poverty in America, some 41 percent (29.8 million) of America’s children were living on the brink of poverty in 2016 — including more than 5 million infants and toddlers under age three.

Lead Poisoning

Today at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead. There are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated.

No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. (cited: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Refugees

The UN Refugee Agency notes that 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from their homes.  Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.

Since 2011, the United States has seen a growing number of children flee to the U.S. without any parent accompanying them. These children, primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, are often fleeing gang violence, trafficking, threats, and extortion, as well as abuse, domestic violence, and poverty. Many are seeking to be reunified with family in the United States. (cited: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service)

Gun Violence

In 2017, the number of children (age 0-11) killed or injured from gun violence, 735.  The number of teens (age 12-17), 3,249.

In the 175 days of 2018 thus far the number of children (age 0-11) killed or injured, 318. The number of teens (age 12-17), 1,212.

Cited: Gun Violence Archive (GVA)  a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online.

Puerto Rico

I am unable to find any statistics or reports that write about the status of children who are still living without electricity and clean water, have not attended school, are displaced, lost a parent, or died as a result of Hurricane Maria.  Are they the forgotten…

1997 Crime Prevention and the Ad council, “every day 10 children are killed by gunfire…”