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December/January 2020Vol. 20, No. 10When Poverty Is Confused With Neglect

When trying to stabilize their families and keep their children at home, poor parents often face additional hurdles, including struggling to balance safety and survival and subjectivity in maltreatment reporting. Although some states have statutes saying a child cannot be removed from a home because of poverty alone, circumstances and decisions can still pull these families into the child welfare system.

Rise magazine interviewed Daniel Hatcher, author of The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens, and several other professionals, including a parent advocate, in the child welfare and legal fields about the relationship between child welfare and parenting while poor. They give insight as to why poor families are more likely to be investigated for neglect, the way that state guidelines and standards affect how child welfare systems decide if something is neglect or poverty, and what could be done to help parents in need keep their families together.

Read the article, "'Poor' Parenting—When Poverty Is Confused With Neglect," at