Teenage motherhood, single-parent families, and the child poverty trap
Many African American children are born to teenage mothers and grow up in low-income, single-parent families that struggle to give them the attention they need. This pushes these kids to repeat the pattern of single-parenthood and poverty.
In Episode 6, RTD hears from the son of a crack addict who had a daughter when he was seventeen, and a newly divorced mother who lost her job after her car broke down. These parents want to provide their children with a better future, but what’s more important for setting their kids on the right path: the right attitude or enough welfare support?