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1 child in every 7 will be born into poverty in the United States. Are you surprised? You may think that — because the United States is a rich nation — the poor in that country are only poor by American standards. But the childhood poverty rate is actually much higher in the U.S. than in other developed countries. The realities of poverty for American kids become clear when you know the facts.  

  • The federal “poverty line” in 2014 for a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 kids under age 17) is about $24,000. But social welfare researchers say it would take an income of about twice that amount to achieve basic financial security. — U.S. Census Bureau.
  • 1 kid in 5 lives in poverty compared to 1 in 8 adults. That’s 15.5 million impoverished kids in the U.S. — U.S. Census Bureau 
  • Kids in the U.S. experience higher poverty rates than most developed nations. Only Greece, Mexico, Israel and Turkey have higher child poverty rates than the U.S. — Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 
  • Almost 40% of American kids spend at least 1 year in poverty before they turn 18. — Urban Institute

In the United States, child poverty has reached record levels, with over 15 million children now affected. About  21% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold, a measurement that has been shown to underestimate the needs of families. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses.Food banks are facing unprecedented demand, and homeless shelters now have long waiting lists, as families who have known a much better life have to leave their homes, sometimes with just a few days notice.

Children born into poverty, many into unemployed and broken families, are instantly disadvantaged. Living in run-down areas they quickly become socially excluded, and a high percentage will be excluded from school, too. Uneducated, bored and often miserable it is not uncommon for them to turn to crime. It’s often for kicks, but for many it becomes a way of life.What are the effects of child poverty? Poorer children and teens are also at greater risk for several negative outcomes such as poor academic achievement, school dropout, abuse and neglect, behavioral and socioemotional problems, physical health problems, and developmental delays.

Eyes of a Child will documents children whose families are struggling to get by, and asks them to tell us what life in modern America really looks like through their eyes. Told from the point of view of the children themselves, this one-hour documentary offers a unique perspective on the nation's flagging economy and the impact of unemployment, homelessness and poverty as seen through the eyes of the children affected. The film will be directed by an Emmy-winning filmmaker.

We are so excited to work with you to make this campaign as successful as possible. Please join me and the entire team in helping to make this project a reality. Thanks for your support. God Bless.

ABOUT US:

The T. James Foundation was created to support children in need, primarily in the low socio-economic backgrounds areas. Through our programs and services, the T. James Foundation affords children the opportunity to realize their potential and dreams. Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. 

 

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The challenge of making a film under any circumstances can't be understated. It requires a LOT of hard work and a LOT of money. We appreciate any and all support. Every dollar counts! However, we have an experienced documentary team and we will get the film finished and into the world. Children poverty is a serious issue that has to be dealt with; so be the change you wish to see in the world.

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