Families_of_the_Recession-1One in seven American children has an unemployed parent as a result of the current recession, known by many as the “Great Recession.” These 10.5 million children are more likely to experience homelessness, suffer from child abuse, fail to complete high school or college, and live in poverty as adults than other children.

The economy is technically emerging from the recession and is likely to recover in the coming years. However, the same may not be the case for our children without a concerted effort to address their needs and provide them with every opportunity to work hard and attain the American Dream. This brief analyzes the number of children and youth who are impacted by the recession, examines the consequences, and recommends policy solutions.