Throughout the United States, many of us are aware of the cycle of poverty that exists, limiting the opportunities of more than 14% of American citizens within both rural and urban areas. One of the key factors that fuels this cycle of poverty are the number of single mothers/fathers and broken families which make up a large portion of those living below the poverty line.
This article and audio excerpt from National Public Radio, NPR.org, highlight the efforts by organizations that encourage the actions of both parents to be active agents in the development of a child, throughout their lifetime in order to provide the opportunities necessary for that child to become educated and successful, thus breaking the cycle of poverty.
Another important factor that this article makes known is the tendency for women to become the primary guardian of children when a couple is not married or has separated, even when there are serious hazards and potential risks involved with providing one with custody of a child. The man discussed in the audio clip, Eric Viall, at the time this article was published, was engaged in a custody battle with the mother of his child who had a history of drug abuse but had been awarded custody because of statues in Ohio that automatically grant custody with the nearest available female relative before consideration of the own father.
When a child does have access to both parents, constant conflict can take a serious tole on the mental health of the child even when the parents have separated. There are many that present the argument of laziness or lack of motivation which keeps those under the poverty line but statistics suggest that there is a direct correlation between the success of children with access to only one parent, both, and even the orphaned children that grow up in foster homes. Those that can sympathize with these people trapped within the cycle of poverty recognize that it is not only the lack of incomes and opportunities for education but also the structure that a loving family provides for an individuals growth into a fully functional adult.
Below is the embedded audio clip as well as references to the articles that I used:
Ludden, Jennifer. “To Break Cycle Of Child Poverty, Teaching Mom And Dad To Get Along.” NPR. NPR, 08 July 2014. Web. 09 July 2016. <http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2F2014%2F07%2F08%2F329798341%2Fteaching-family-skills-to-tackle-poverty>.
Fessler, Pam. “One Family’s Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break.” NPR. NPR, 07 May 2014. Web. 09 July 2016. <http://www.npr.org/2014/05/07/309734339/one-familys-story-shows-how-the-cycle-of-poverty-is-hard-to-break>.