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. 

September 23, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    About the types and prevalence of child neglect.

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    How poverty, neglect and placement decisions are linked.

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    Which factors impact placement decisions for neglected children.

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    About integrating services to better support families.

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.  

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