The National Center of Family Homelessness found that homeless children are sick four times more often than other children and are three times as likely to have emotional and behavioral problems compared to non-homeless children.
Violence also plays a major role in the lives of most homeless children, according to national data.
By the age of 12, 83 percent of homeless children had been exposed to at least one serious violent event and nearly 25 percent have witnessed acts of violence within their family.
Child homelessness can be caused by a number of situations — low or no job income, house fires or other accidents, incarceration of parents, domestic violence, parents with drug problems or family illness. –♥ read more http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/usatoday/article/38259373?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs
The stress and health problems that homeless children experience, including asthma and other chronic and acute conditions, also prevent them from being able to concentrate fully on their schoolwork and on developing friendships with their classmates.
For the approximately one million children that the U.S. Department of Education estimates are homeless and in school, there are resources available. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, originally passed in 1987, requires public schools to minimize potential barriers to accessing education. Homeless children can attend school even if their birth certificates or immunization records are lost, for example, and can remain at their school of origin if they move. Each school district must designate a liaison responsible for coordinating with school officials and advocating for homeless students and their families. ♥read more http://www.tricityvoice.com/articlefiledisplay.php?issue=2011-12-30&file=story2.txt