I agree with columnist Mary Sanchez that there is much more poverty among children than we might imagine ["The face of poverty is a child," Opinion, July 24]. According to "The State of America's Children 2011," a report from the Children's Defense Fund, America's children have fallen further behind in the last year in a range of leading indicators, with children of color faring the worst.

With unemployment, housing foreclosures and hunger at historically high levels, children's well-being is in jeopardy. In the United States, one in five children is poor, and children are our poorest age group.

As our politicians wrangle over the size of budget cuts, children's issues evaporate into a multitude of other societal requirements. Children do not have numerous well-funded and powerful advocacy groups to influence the decisions Washington politicians ostensibly make on their behalf.

On Long Island, grassroots groups endeavor to make a difference, giving voice to children's issues, but they need much more support.

Stephanie Freese, East Meadow

Editor's note: The writer is an independent educational consultant for Seniors4Kids, a volunteer advocacy group.

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