Homeless Children

They need to go to school, have regular check ups at the doctor and a healthy diet. What happened to” No Child Left Behind”? In the article “Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids,” Anna Quintile starts off by talking about how a woman named Shard has five children who live In a room the size of a master bedroom In a modest suburban home. They are crammed In there Like sardines in a can with all the beds, toys, clothes and the dressers. They all get up at six in the morning; the little ones go to daycare while the others go to school. She goes out to look for an apartment when she isn’t in a N.

A. Meeting. Quintile goes on to talk about how there is a parallel universe. While there are all the struggling families and the homeless there Is also the very rich who are buying new houses and cars. “Not since the Great Depression have this many babies, toddlers and kids had no place Like home” (Sullen. 229). They don’t get to click their little ruby slippers and go home to the farm. While one world struggles from day to day, the other embraces their wealth without a clue as to what goes on right in their backyard. There is a boom market in homelessness.

But these are not the men on the streets of San Francisco holding out cardboard signs to the tourists. They are children, hundreds of thousands of them, twice as likely to repeat a grade or be hospitalized and four times as likely to go hungry as the kids with a roof over their heads. “(Aquiline 229) Fourteen percent of homeless children are diagnosed with learning disabilities – double the rate of other children. Twenty-one percent of homeless children repeat a grade because of frequent absence from school (MIDST). It s hard for children to get a descent education when you are homeless.

These children often times will repeat a grade. How are they support to succeed in school when they have no stable life at home in a cardboard box? The hard lessons they do learn have to do with living on the streets. A lot of them end up on drugs themselves, ready to do any crime for that next fix. By the age ten most are alcoholics and chronic homeless because that is all they know in life. The streets taught them how to survive there not how to ameliorate their lives. At young ages children are like sponges, they oak up everything around them.

So if the only thing they see if violence, instability and drugs how are they supposed to become good citizens if they are Ignorant to what they have to do? Children with no healthcare tend to get sick more often and usually suttee Trot mental Illnesses as well. Walkout ten regular snots AT vaccine teen are more prone to those deadly childhood diseases. They are more susceptible to pneumonia if they are out in the bad weather and sleeping in a cardboard box on a hard ground (Helium). They need both mental and medical help.

When these children see the things they do and they don’t understand, how are they supposed to cope with it when they weren’t taught any coping skills? They become victims of bullies who thrive on making the weak tremble in a corner. When there is no address to be put on a application for assistance how are they supposed to apply for welfare and medical help? And if a parent is Just plan irresponsible, what then? “Homeless children are hungry more than twice as often as other children, and two-thirds worry that they won’t have enough to eat” (Mental Health America).

A homeless child will eat about anything they can get there little fingers on, even a half eaten burrito that is on the ground. To a homeless child who hasn’t had a bite to eat in a couple days this looks pretty good to him. They don’t care if there is vitamin in what they eat or the calorie content of a meal. They can only hope and dream like the little match girl that serendipity comes along and fills their little flat bellies. Children shouldn’t hear their tummies growl so loud. Starvation is the worst kind of pain for humans to endure. How must it feel to a mall child who doesn’t understand what is going on in his/her little world?

Why it is that starving dogs and cats will get help, but when people see a baby, they may get a little weepy and it may tugs at their heartstrings, but they keep walking on by. If there aren’t the right nutrients in a diet, all sorts of problems can arise. If there isn’t enough vitamin D in a child’s diet then when they are picked on and someone goes to throw them into a wall they are more likely to break a bone. A child’s immune system takes a beating if there isn’t any vitamin C. They have chronic illnesses and how are they opposed to fix that if there isn’t any healthcare?