Hard Times Made Harder

Struggling Caregivers and Child Neglect

Posted September 24, 2010
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Carsey Institute
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Using data from a national survey, this brief links specific caregiver struggles to a higher incidence of out-of-home placements among neglected children. It closes with one clear recommendation: Offer integrated — and early — caregiver support services to help counter this trend and better aid America’s at-risk children and families. 

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Key Takeaway

One factor that plays a significant role in child welfare placement decisions? Caregiver struggles

Four separate caregiver issues — drug use, alcohol abuse, behavioral health problems and poverty — increase a child’s likelihood of being placed in out-of-home care following evidence of neglect.