Statistical data is pessimistic; according to Ratcliffe & McKernan (2012), 16% of all children in the US are born poor. Moreover, facts become even more striking if to differentiate minority families from this even number. 40% of minority newborns are poor compared to 10% of white newborns. One in three white children and two in three minority children remain poor in their adult life.
It is true that well-paid jobs require good higher education. Alongside with this common requirement, almost 90% of children born in poor families “enter their 20-s without completing high school” (Ratcliffe & McKernan, 2012). The same story is applicable to poor adults who do not have a high school diploma in their majority. Higher education for the poor is not affordable at all. Increasing tuition prices and admission policies only make the situation more complicated. As a result, poor children are more likely to become pregnant as teens or quit school for the sake of low-paid job. All these factors predetermined their later poverty related to inability to earn adequate income.
Living condition in poor families are not good for children as they have a great risk of developmental problems. Overcrowded housing, lack of parental supervision, high frequency of divorces and exclusion from the middle-class community become the factors which teach children that they do not need to rely on people around them. Children who are born in poor families where parents are employed have more chances to improve their material status in their adult life. Their peers who are born in families with unemployed parents do not have appropriate role model to follow in their lives (Ratcliffe & McKernan, 2012). As a result, they have more chances to be persistently poor.
The whole situation seems to be persistent and continuous by its nature. The main problem is that the problem has been already recognized and studies by numerous