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    Fran Waller Robertson
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    Cycle of Poverty: Just personal background. It is a tough spot to get out of. How to set up priorities. Often needs training and advice. Usually handed down from parent/caregiver. Our society makes immediate gratification easy with credit etc but does not explain the costs of interest charges etc

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    Fran Waller Robertson
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    Marky Greene has been forced to be responsible much too young. He is burdened with parents that might be caring for their own needs more than his. Does the dad’s pay go to gambling and nothing left for food and proper hygiene (Soap/toothpaste/shampoo/ cleaning supplies?) The parents might need a financial person to advise them how and on what to spend their money. Clothing for their son as well. Mom needs medical attention for her mood swings. Medication might help that.
    We need to encourage Marky to express his own concerns about his living conditions. Food at home Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Does he realize what time he should be going to bed even without parental guidance. I realize that he loves his parents but it is not ok for him to be tired and unkempt. What does he do when he is not in school?
    He has a lot of family questions 1) sister taken away by CPS 2) Uncle never sees, does he have cousins other uncles aunts? 3) A grandmother that is not dead but alive. Does he remember her. It is hard to get where his head is at and does he have questions that he would like answered/explained?

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    Peter Manuel
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    Not sure how to comment on a general topic, but: One must be careful of blaming the poor for their condition, but there is no doubt that many poor people–as well some wealthy ones I’ve known!–have counterproductive habits and values which they should address if they want to provide decent homes for their children. (Cf. Oscar Lewis, “The Culture of Poverty” etc.) Wealthy ppl may be able to get away with expensive habits, drinking, wasting money on frivolities, but poor people have no such slack. So CASA can be of help in various ways.

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    Shama Thakkar
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    It simply means that poverty brings forth poverty. It is a concept that illustrates how poverty causes poverty and traps people into poverty unless it is applied to break the cycle by external intervention. It is not our job to determine how people can escape the cycle though, and it seems it is our responsibility to be mindful about how such a cycle impacts children.

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