TANF & Child Welfare Collaboration: Preventative Strategies Focused on Family Well-being- A Review of the Evidence and Implications for Practice, April 2023
Research shows that families living in poverty have a significantly higher likelihood of experiencing crises, and that poverty is the greatest threat to child well-being and the best predictor of abuse and neglect. Further, research suggests poverty is a key driver of child welfare system involvement and preliminary evidence suggests even modest economic supports can stabilize families and alleviate the need for more intensive intervention.
Although the relationship between poverty and child neglect is supported by research, there is not yet a clear national policy and systems approach to intervening on behalf of families in ways that preserve the family unit while resolving safety issues compromised by poverty. Scattered across the country, however, are innovative policies, system reform efforts, program models, and practice strategies for bridging this gap.
The Office of Family Assistance (OFA), in partnership with the Children’s Bureau, will host a webinar on April 18, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST to examine research conducted and presented by researchers from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.
Hosted By: Children’s Bureau and Child Welfare Information Gateway