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Letter: Single parents push poverty rate higher

Single parents push poverty rate higher

I read the article on the front page of Sunday’s News with interest since I often provide linkages to community agencies for the new mothers I work with in my job.

I did not see a discussion of the percentage of children born to single parents as one glaring reason for the poverty I see daily. Many of these parents have not finished school, which could prepare them for jobs. Many have no comprehension of the costs of having and raising a child. This is really what “planned parenthood” means. Many have grown up with the intergenerational expectation of community agencies providing many of the things parents used to in older, or educated generations.

Until different values become integrated into an individual’s, family’s and community’s life, we will continue to deal with this statistic.

Kathleen M. Rog


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