The Link Between Poverty and Child Maltreatment

Information provided by Chapin Hall in their January 2021 newsletter.

Children in households with low socioeconomic status experience neglect at about seven times the rate of other children. In some circumstances, poverty is construed as neglect, such as when housing is inadequate. In other situations, poverty is a direct contributor to child endangerment, as it compounds parental stress. In a recent presentation, Chapin Hall Senior Policy Fellow Clare Anderson described the link between poverty and child neglect, its impact on racial disproportionality in the child welfare system, and the critical role that federal economic support programs have had on decreasing child maltreatment cases.

Slide 19 from Clare Anderson’s presentation.

Click here to access Clare Anderson’s full presentation.

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