Economic stability is a social determinant of health—or a nonmedical factor—that can impact the health and well-being of children, youth, and families. When families have economic stability, they have reliable access to resources to meet their basic needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing. This is necessary for improved quality of life.

Focusing on upstream prevention by connecting families to services and resources that provide economic support can help children, youth, and families thrive. Cross-system efforts to help families receive concrete supports, such as cash transfers, tax credits, housing assistance, adequate nutrition, and subsidized child care, have been shown to reduce the need for child welfare intervention. Equitable access to these concrete supports is crucial to address longstanding systemic inequities. For example, Black Americans are disproportionately likely to experience economic instability compared with Americans overall.

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