Well, I tend to agree with the philosophy of "it takes a village" to raise a child. We all have to separate our prejudices about the parents (who are on welfare, who are academically bereft, or whatever) and focus on the children. In order to do that, there must be support from day 1. So, pregnant mothers should have adequate food and shelter and proper pre-natal care. That would be resolved through a national health care policy in the US. When they're born, children should receive those same things...food, shelter and adequate child care. For the poor, none of these things are easy. Sometimes, it's a choice between feeding a child and paying rent. People who think others living on assistance are living in luxury are sorely mistaken. The judgment has to stop--it doesn't matter what led to the child being born (single parenthood, states of poverty, or whatever) the fact is, that child exists and deserves to be taken care of like any other child. A national childcare program would help women to get to school and/or work in order to improve the lives of their own children. It is my view, in having worked with the underprivileged, that they want the same things for their children that anyone does, and it is extremely difficult for them to hold their heads up when the world is stigmatizing them for having the courage to bear those children instead of aborting them. Society cannot have it both ways: criticize women for aborting, and criticizing them for being single parents. They had those kids--maybe they were misguided in doing so, but that does not change the fact that those children are alive and breathing and deserve to be treated with respect. When that doesn't happen, those frustrated, hungry little children turn into frustrated angry adults...and that's when the results of our lack of concern affect the rest of us directly. Children are our future. The solution to this problem is to stop judging people and focus on those innocent children. Policies such as adequate social assistance, national childcare and healthcare policies, and equal access to educational opportunites will go a long way toward creating healthy adults. Prevention is the best cure.