Child Poverty

~~ an essay

by tkbrown

When I began actively blogging on and Tweeting on Twitter–@tkbrownwriter–there were many who were constantly orating regarding the hunger, starvation , and homelessness plaguing children from other countries. These children were being swarmed to and across our southern border by parents who would never qualify for entry if they entered via the legal immigration requirements. I agreed somewhat with what they were saying, but I was also concerned about children in America who suffer similar needs which were not being met.

Finally, I responded to the orations with an appeal acknowledging the validity of the needs being promoted while also noting the responsibility we hold to meet the needs of our own chidren. I told them, every night here in America many children go to bed hungry because there is not enough food to eat. In winter, many of those same children go to bed cold because the family budget was not sufficient to pay the heating bill. Many don’t even have a place to call home. How can we be an example to the world if we neglect our own to care for others. We need to first address the hunger and housing needs of our own America born children before trying to meet the needs of children from other countries. Now, the coronavirus has compounded these problems exponentially.

“There is currently a push in Congress to address the needs of every American child living in one-parent households earning $75,000 or less per year or in a two-parent household earning $150,000 or less per year. This plan would provide families of children ages 0-6 an additional $300 per month per child. It would also provide families of children ages 6-17 an additional $250 per month per child. These monthly disbursements would be made via the IRS Department” (Stein, 2021). The children of America are in much need of this additional assistance. The wealthiest country in the world should never be plagued with a reputation of not caring for its own.

While I am not one who typically condones regular and continuous dependence upon government subsidy funds. I do believe we owe it to our children to ensure they are not going hungry, or cold, or living on the streets. If we cannot take care of our own children, why should we be considered the country of choice for these needs by parents of children in other countries.



Higgins, Tucker. (4 February 2021). “Romney child-payment proposal would spend more than Biden plan – but also aims to cut welfare programs.” CNBC. (8 February 2021). Romney unveils plan to send families up to $4,200 per year per child (

Stein, Jeff. (7 February 2021). “Senior Democrats to unveil $3,000-per-child benefit as Biden stimulus gains steam.” The Washington Post. Microsoft News: (7 February 2021). Senior Democrats to unveil $3,000-per-child benefit as Biden stimulus gains steam (


By tkbrown

I believe family is a gift from God and should be treated as such. I love writing with a broad array of intent and purpose. I have written poetry virtually all my life, and much nonfiction in academia. My expanded efforts in all areas have finally taken off in retirement. I have much to accomplish now that I have the time. Other hobbies are painting, researching ancestry and myriad topics for my writing, knitting, crocheting, cooking -- always trying new recipes and always cooking for my health. I have many other hobbies, but these seem to dominate most of my time. Oh, did I mention I am the mother of three grown children and grandmother of seven. I have been blessed immensely and am the happier for it.


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  1. The virus added to the plight of our world and unfortunately the children are suffering the most in this world as we, adults that should provide and protect them are often the ones who don’t. We, here in South Africa share the same plight, we’ve been surrounded with poverty and so many unfortunate circumstances. I do not have an answer for all our suffering and pain but I do believe that we must all contribute to the good of the world or at least strive to do so. I agree with your statement “I do believe we owe it to our children to ensure they are not going hungry, or cold, or living on the streets” and yes, charity begins at home.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and encouragement, let your fingers do the walking (typing/writing) and your heart do the talkingt!!.. I also contribute monthly to the local foodbank that helps needy families in the area… every little bit helps… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May the dreams you hold dearest
    Be those which come true
    May the kindness you spread
    Keep returning to you
    (Irish Saying)

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    1. Thank You so much for the kind words. You are right. That is what I do: let my fingers do the walking (typing/writing) and my heart do the talking! I am pleased to hear you help too. Thank you again for your kind words. Blessings!

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  3. Dear TK, you are doing a noble job by trying to address the plight of the poor children who are living in a undernourished and unhealthy conditions! May you succeed in your motive through Almightys grace😊

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  4. Homeless and jobless is everywhere, children do suffer the most , sadly the truth is one week of the money being spent on space exploration, back handed payments to other countries, unwanted military movements overseas would more than pay for every homeless person to have a home, every child to have food, governments are more interested in spending money on unless endeavors than protecting their own citizens and children.

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      1. We can get behind the push to make this plan a part of President Biden’s stimulus plan. This would provide the funds that child support which is not forthcoming should provide. Then the government can go after the child support. Thus, the children have what they need even though the errant parent does not provide.

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      2. Brilliant idea and very best of luck with your quest which is very worth while, unfortunately im in England, but English streets also have homeless people and also have children going without enough food because their parents have lost their jobs because of covid lockdowns .

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      3. Yes, Covid has created such havoc around the globe, and I do not believe it will be over soon with the variants taking hold. Thank You for the well-wishes; we all need them I believe. Those of you in England will be in my prayers as will those in need around the world. How are you faring?

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