According to the US Census Bureau more than 16.4 million American children live in poverty. Read that statistic again. More than sixteen million children live in poverty!!
In the absence of a National.Health.Service structure, millions of children and young adults simply fall through the cracks of an enormous and broken social framework that does little to prevent or solve their current demise.
Children are being left behind without hope and practical solutions to their current social and emotional needs. In many cases parents are children themselves barely teenagers, too old for the foster care system, having to live in areas of educational wastelands offering little or no hope of breaking out of poverty and survival living.
After reading some research on halting what our culture has termed the ‘cycle of poverty’, Leonie found herself increasingly burdened and saddened for her fellow brothers and sisters who have been displaced, marginalized, orphaned and trafficked and who believe that there is little hope or comfort. They feel forgotten. Truthfully, many are.