The Negative Effects Of Homelessness On Children

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Families with children are one of the fastest-growing homeless populations in the United States (National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009). A major cause for family homelessness is the availability to gain employment is mostly in low-wage positions. Another major cause is not having enough affordable housing available for the families to obtain. Homeless families face many concerns regarding not only their physical health, but their mental health and well-being. Children, unfortunately, suffer from both of these. Homeless children often times come from families with mental health, alcohol- and substance-abuse problems and high rates of domestic violence (Groton, Teasley & Canfield, 2013). Homeless children often suffer physical, social …show more content…
These children also suffer from both acute and chronic health problems more often than other students. Poor nutrition, constant lack of enough food and developmental delays are just some of the health problems they suffer from. Expanding rates of poverty and slow growth of the U. S. economy is a recipe for continued growth among homeless families, and particularly among women with children (Groton, Teasley & Canfield, 2013). Children are a valuable contribution to the world. Homelessness is a never ending issue many of these treasured possessions endure. Coincidentally, homelessness has many negative effects on children. The trauma these children experience lead to stress, which affects brain development in individuals, thus causing sleeplessness, as well as, irritability in the children. Children undergo emotional, social, developmental and behavioral issues (Baggerly & Jenkins, 2009). For instance, many homeless children withstand both internal and external behaviors such as depression, anxiety, aggression, and delinquent behaviors (Baggerly & Jenkins, 2009). In addition, the social skills with this population of kids are …show more content…
This law was the first federal legislative response to help the homeless. The definition of children who are considered eligible for this act are; children who lack an adequate nighttime residence. One of the requirements for the schools is to keep the child enrolled in their original school of origin, as long as the school can do so. Their original school of origin means the school there were/are enrolled in prior to becoming homeless. This act also states that homeless children/students must be provided transportation to and from school every day. It also states that the local liaisons at the children schools must ensure that the homeless children are receiving full and equal opportunities within the school. So far this seems to be working well as far as making sure that no child is without the materials, in school, that they need. Dealing with children with behaviors can be challenging at times. It can be even more challenging to find appropriate, yet, effective interventions to aid the children. Adlerian Play Therapy is both. The Adlerian Theory believes in the creativity and uniqueness of each individual (Meany-Walen, Kottman, Bullis, & Taylor, 2015). This intervention is done in four sections. The first stage requires the child to work with the counselor to build a safe and trusting relationship. Second, the lifestyle of the child is investigated by the counselor. This is done

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