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Poverty and child welfare

Information about poverty, its effects on children and families, and the role it plays in child welfare involvement.
"Most parents living in poverty are remarkably resilient and possess strong coping skills in the face of the adversity"

Parenting on a low income (page 6)

Strategies, practices, and considerations when working with low-income families

  • Learn about poverty and recognize poverty as a systemic issue that disproportionately affects marginalized and oppressed groups. This includes children and families who are Indigenous, racialized, newcomers, live with disabilities, and/or are led by female lone parents
  • Build trust and engage families in meaningful ways
  • Be empathetic and respectful towards families and have a non-judgemental attitude
  • Help parents and families foster resilience by using strengths-based approaches. For example, this could include recognizing the involvement of fathers and paternal family members beyond the traditional role of provider and financial contributor
  • Familiarize yourself with resources, supports, and services available in the community
  • Proactively provide information to families, for example, about their rights or benefits they can access
  • Advocate on behalf of families and ensure they receive the services they need

Practice guides

Other tools and resources