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The health of children is one of those topics about which people have strong reactions. In theory, most Americans are fond of individual children and believe that children have a greater claim for help from society and for a share in the resources of the greater society than do many other groups. Although people will articulate these ideas in both public and private conversations, the social situation of many children is not indicative of a country that places special value on children. Children are the age group in American society most likely to live in poverty. Current estimates are that 21.9% of U.S. children live in poverty. Many children live in even worse situations than poverty statistics indicate. Though estimates of the homeless vary, ...

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