Network faithful are encouraged to read the recent commentary in USA Today from Children's Health Fund Co-Founder and President Irwin Redlener, M.D. on what is likely the greatest tragedy of the recent Detroit bankruptcy - the welfare of children. It's an important read full of spot on analysis and statistics that you can use in your advocacy efforts on behalf of children and families as we all work to get Congress to prioritize the needs of children as our most important investment.
- Last week, the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, leaving many of its residents wondering what this will mean for their families, their neighborhoods and their economic security. Whether it turns out to be a real opportunity to turn things around — or a trajectory to an uncertain, grim future — remains to be seen.
The problem is that even before bankruptcy was declared, Detroit's children were in deep trouble. An astounding 60% of the city's kids live below the poverty line — nearly three times higher than the national rate of child poverty. What's more, with the city officially broke, Michigan experiencing massive budget cuts, and federal sequestration in full swing, programs needed to provide essential services to poor children — from anti-hunger programs to day care — are in greater jeopardy than ever before.
And while Detroit may be the only major city in America filing for bankruptcy, it is far from the only place where children are living in dire conditions.
- Continue reading on the USA Today website.