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December/January 2020Vol. 20, No. 10Spotlight on Knowing the Difference Between Poverty and Neglect

This issue of CBX highlights the importance of differentiating between poverty as a cause of neglect and poverty as being neglect and how primary prevention and family-strengthening strategies are key to keeping families together. Read a message from Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, and David Kelly, Special Assistant to the Commissioner, that stresses the need to commit to a system that takes on poverty-related neglect in humane and effective ways. The issue also includes a variety of resources and publications for professionals and families related to the intersection of poverty and child neglect.

News From the Children's Bureau

We highlight a Digital Dialog that discusses neglect as the intersection of parental neglect of children, societal neglect of families, community neglect of families, and societal neglect of community and how to keep vulnerable families together. The latest additions to the CB website are also included.

Child Welfare Research

Read about a study that discusses whether and how poverty is perceived by child welfare workers to be a contributing factor to child welfare involvement in cases of substantiated child neglect and an article about how some child welfare systems are experimenting with strategies to address risks associated with poverty.

Strategies and Tools for Practice


This section of CBX provides a quick list of interesting resources, such as websites, videos, journals, funding or scholarship opportunities, or other materials that can be used in the field or with families.

Training and Conferences

Find trainings, workshops, webinars, and other opportunities for professionals and families to learn about how to improve the lives of children and youth as well as a listing of upcoming events and conferences.