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December/January 2020Vol. 20, No. 10Webinar Highlights Child Welfare and Poverty

The National Association of Counsel for Children conducted a webinar on October 22, 2019, highlighting the intersection of poverty and child neglect and how the child welfare system tends to confuse poverty with genuine neglect. Presenters include Diane Redleaf, child and family advocate, adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and author of the book They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at Risk, and Ruth White, executive director of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare.  

The webinar covers the following topics:

  • Why poverty matters for lawyers for children
  • The scope and legislative context of the problem 
  • The importance of restoring reasonable efforts to use child welfare resources to help keep children at home
  • Child abuse registers and their impact on family economic security
  • Housing programs and resources to help vulnerable families
  • The Family Poverty Is Not Child Neglect Act, which was introduced in June 2019, and next steps

 To listen to the webinar, go to and complete the free registration.

For more information on the topics discussed in the webinar, visit the National Association of Counsel for Children at and the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare at