America's Child Welfare Crisis Persuasive Essay by Nicky

America's Child Welfare Crisis
A persuasive discussion on the widespread problems in child welfare programs in the United States.
# 146332 | 2,798 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper argues that the Bush Administration continually sacrificed the funding needed to sustain the effective function of child welfare agencies in favor of politically motivated tax cuts, and enacted a policy of agency grading that levied penalties on many such agencies. The paper strongly contends that America's response to the issues of poverty, violence and vulnerability to criminality, abuse and addiction has been a uniform failure until now, and it is up to President Obama undo these failures and offer support for the young, impoverished and vulnerable.

From the Paper:

"The issue of poverty in America represents one of the great ironies in Western capitalism. Founded on an atmosphere which is boldly advertised as one of equal opportunity and is quite clearly defined by its comparatively enormous affluence, the characteristics which we typically use to define the United States are at a loss for explaining poverty in America. Today, it is a problem which continues to affect the nation in highly populated urban centers, recession damaged industrial towns and poor rural communities. With the United States in a circumstance of indefinite but costly military conflict while simultaneously operating on a budget that can be characterized by its emphasis on income tax cuts for corporations and wealthy private citizens, the currently troubling unemployment rate of 5.4%, the steady financial draw-down of all strata of social programs and the upcoming privatization of Social Security which President Bush has made the first priority of his new term all seem to suggest that the federal government is not treating poverty eradication as a top interest."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Davis-Tanner, T. (2008). President Elect Barack Obama's Stances on Child Welfare. Child Welfare League of America.
  • Haynes, B. (2009). Child Welfare Advocates Fear Cuts. Las Vegas Review-Journal. Online at
  • McHugh, D. (2007). UNICEF Ranks U.S., Britain at Bottom in Child Welfare Survey. Washington Post. Online at
  • Pear, R. (2004). U.S. Finds Fault in All 50 States' Child Welfare Programs, an d Penalties May Follow. New York Times. Online at

Cite this Persuasive Essay:

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