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Latest child welfare report shows 'staggering data' on growing up in Newark
Star Ledger ^

Posted on 02/10/2013 3:00:12 PM PST by SMGFan

When she became pregnant at age 20, Nehal Abdelmoneim was at risk of becoming another bleak statistic in Newark.

Her parents cut off all ties to the young woman, she said, for having a child out of wedlock. The father of her child left Abdelmoneim on her own, she added. She got evicted from her apartment and dropped out of college, she said.

Now at 25, she’s still a single parent but has found full-time work as a security guard to support herself and her son. Like any parent, she said she wants the best for her 4-year-old son and plans to enroll him in kindergarten at a competitive charter school after he finishes preschool this year.

“Everything right now is falling into place, finally, four years after,” she said.

But she’s still fighting the odds and according to a new report released last week by the Advocates for Children in New Jersey, the statistics in Newark are daunting.

This year’s “Newark Kids Count” report honed in on the earliest, most formative years of a child’s life which set the stage for their future economic and education prospects, according to Cecilia Zalkind, the group’s executive director.

There are roughly 4,500 babies born each year in Newark, according to the report.

That’s more than a dozen babies born daily in the state’s largest city — many that face impoverished conditions and greater risk factors like single-parent households.

(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clintonlegacy
Cory Booker wants to get out of the city and go to DC , his work is done here. Whatdifferencedoesitmake ?
1 posted on 02/10/2013 3:00:17 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Since we are the pro life party maybe there is something we can do to help fix this problem. It’s sad cleaning up someone else’s mess but it’s doable.


2 posted on 02/10/2013 3:08:49 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: SMGFan

-if the kid makes it through 12th grade without repeating a year that’s being raised by the government with 14 years in the system before he’s 19 years old.

Like any mother, Julia wants the best for her chile...


3 posted on 02/10/2013 3:10:55 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: SMGFan
Newark--ground zero for "The Superfund State."
4 posted on 02/10/2013 3:16:22 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: DIRTYSECRET

“Since we are the pro life party maybe there is something we can do to help fix this problem”

Sterilization after one child on government welfare should do it.


5 posted on 02/10/2013 3:27:19 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: SMGFan

A prerequisite for welfare, EBT etc should be getting your tubes tied.

Once you have shown independence, you can then perhaps become fertile.


6 posted on 02/10/2013 3:29:42 PM PST by soycd
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To: soycd

And you sir is what is wrong with the party. Contraception encourages women to lower their standards... Which helps boys like you in the short term and destroys society in the long term.


7 posted on 02/10/2013 3:32:56 PM PST by rwilson99 (Please tell me how the words "shall not perish and have everlasting life" would NOT apply to Mary.)
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To: soycd

Perhaps everyone should just be sterilized until they have proven their abilities and have the means.


8 posted on 02/10/2013 3:45:58 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SMGFan

pregnant at age 20, Nehal Abdelmoneim

So, how long after arrival, likely as a pretend refugee, until dropping that anchor? Importing impoverished single mothers — just what America and particularly Newark, need.


9 posted on 02/10/2013 3:48:17 PM PST by Chewbarkah
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To: Chewbarkah

They have maternity hotels in California now for Chinese moms to come and deliver anchor babies.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/02/chinese-maternity-hotel-sparks-outrage-in-california-suburb/


10 posted on 02/10/2013 3:51:16 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: driftdiver

“Perhaps everyone should just be sterilized until they have proven their abilities and have the means.”

Well, the current approach doesn’t seem to be working. Got any ideas ?


11 posted on 02/10/2013 3:53:14 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: nascarnation

So we should repeal the anchor baby allowance. That would stop illegals from coming here....Repubs should make that the one condition for passing anything on new illegal immmigration laws. Bue ole Boehner would probabl give and cry, I tried...


12 posted on 02/10/2013 3:56:38 PM PST by Engedi
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To: PLMerite

Well when your option is to pretend people aren’t sovereign then its all up from there.

How about putting limits on welfare?

how about actually requiring people to work towards getting off welfare?

golly thats not as sexy as forcibly sterilizing people but it might actually work without burning the Constitution.


13 posted on 02/10/2013 3:57:35 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: freeangel

Late 70s my uncle had a renter, a white trash woman with three kids and the last by c section, and the dr just went ahead and tied them off. Now that was a different America.


14 posted on 02/10/2013 3:59:23 PM PST by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: SMGFan
Some people are perfectly happy being treated just like cattle, fed and entertained and essentially placated. Not ever producing anything but more cattle. I say just drop the pretext and set up people pasture/urban "entertainment" camps for the cattle people and give them free food and cell phones and flat screens.. It would be cheaper that way. We now spend(waste) money educating cattle that will end up producing nothing anyway.

"Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig" source unknown.

15 posted on 02/10/2013 4:02:20 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: rwilson99; SMGFan
If we didn't have any sort of government welfare program and left it to the churches and private charities we wouldn't have this argument at all.

It's kind of like arguing over public education when all you need to do to fix it is to abolish it.

16 posted on 02/10/2013 4:03:20 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Why high capacity magazines? Because there are so damn many liberals!)
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To: driftdiver

“How about putting limits on welfare?”

That works for me.


17 posted on 02/10/2013 4:05:29 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
Since we are the pro life party maybe there is something we can do to help fix this problem. It’s sad cleaning up someone else’s mess but it’s doable.

How do you recommend we do it?

18 posted on 02/10/2013 4:09:51 PM PST by Ken H
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To: DIRTYSECRET

You are the first FReeper that I’ve heard say this.


19 posted on 02/10/2013 4:29:14 PM PST by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: Chewbarkah

No reward for bad behavior.

Child of woman who can’t provide for that child, goes to an orphanage.

Mother is financially responsible for the child.

Daddy too, if known.


20 posted on 02/10/2013 4:35:55 PM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: SMGFan

“Momma’s in the ***** house.
Daddy’s in the jail.
Sister’s on the corner
shouting ***** for sale”


21 posted on 02/10/2013 4:45:32 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

The single mom cited in the article is now on her feet, working full time and looking to go back to school. She says she had the help of a lady in the Social Services. It takes a mom willing to pick herself up by the bootstraps and with help from someone who took an personal interest in her success. She is in the minority...and the odds are overwhelming... There are good people out there, both those that find themselves in that situation...and those willing to help.


22 posted on 02/10/2013 5:43:55 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: freeangel

This keeps the democratic machine well oiled. Making single parents the norm supported by social services provided by the taxpayer keeps the rat rolls growing and the relection prospects bright. Irresposible behavior should be dealt with. Sterilization after the first mistake should do it.


23 posted on 02/10/2013 6:18:28 PM PST by ronnie raygun (Lexington and Concord Americans experience thier first gun grab attempt)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Easy. Kill all forms of taxpayer funded welfare for those that cannot/will not provide parental lineage. One then needs to pass a drug test (if I have to to keep my job, so do you if I’m paying). They then are also required to work 20+ hrs/week (I don’t care if it’s weekends...bless their hearts) for the State as roadside/park clean-up, rest-stop lavatory cleaners, road-kill crews, etc. (no need for Union work anymore, right alongside the jail chain-gangs). Spigot turns off after 6-mo. and ‘resets’ after each 5 yrs. of gainful employment.

Don’t like those rules? One then needs to turn to family, friends, neighbors, worship and plead their case.

I really feel for those who lost jobs/etc. but maybe this would finally get ‘em up and out from just making calls to their critters and storming City Hall or Congress. Otherwise, I have no sympathy anymore knowing I could sit on my ass, receive more $$ than I could make at my current position while busting my ass.


24 posted on 02/10/2013 6:23:35 PM PST by i_robot73
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To: SueRae

The single mom cited in the article is now on her feet, working full time and looking to go back to school. She says she had the help of a lady in the Social Services. It takes a mom willing to pick herself up by the bootstraps and with help from someone who took an personal interest in her success. She is in the minority...and the odds are overwhelming... There are good people out there, both those that find themselves in that situation...and those willing to help.

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It’s all admirable — but now she’s working full time, and who is watching the kid? Does he yet still not have a father figure in his life? A woman working full time and going to school is not going to have the energy left to properly raise an energetic young boy.

Sometimes I get so sick of thinking about it, I want to throw up.

My solution? Welfare ends tomorrow. You can’t make it? Call up the Dad. He’s not around? Call up your friends and find a solution. Both parents get back to work. Get married. Stop bugging taxpayers to cover your every freaking need. You can’t make it in American without welfare? Sorry, go home, or figure it out somehow. Come back later when you’ve got the money.


25 posted on 02/10/2013 7:13:43 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: SueRae

I agree, and she’s not getting much moral support from our brother and sister freepers, is she? Or even from her own parents, which I think is appalling.

I’m not encouraging non-marital sex, but babies happen people and if we are going to be pro-life (as I for one intend to always be) we need to deal with that reality.

Unlike the unfortunate woman discussed on another thread tonight this woman didn’t kill her child. The other woman was employed as a school teacher and married and had family support even when she decided to terminate her pregnancy in the third trimester. I’m sure she had a college degree and many advantages this gal never had. However, that woman and her child are beastly dead, at least this gal in Newark and her son are still alive and kicking.

I wish them a good life.


26 posted on 02/10/2013 9:02:14 PM PST by jocon307
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