Separating Poverty From Neglect in Child Welfare

Date: February 2023

Author(s): Information Gateway

Year Published: 2023

File Size: 357 KB

This publication explores what the research shows about the overlap among families experiencing poverty and those reported to the child welfare system for neglect, the societal context within which both poverty and neglect exist, and strategies that have proven effective for preventing and addressing both poverty and neglect, together. The strategies presented in this brief should be viewed as part of a larger movement within the child welfare system away from a focus on surveilling and separating families experiencing poverty and toward collaborating with a broader social services system to ensure that all families have access to the resources and support they need to care for their children and thrive.

Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2023). Separating poverty from neglect in child welfare. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau.

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