SPARC Housing Brief  (3)_Page_01Research on the relationship between housing and child welfare has consistently found a higher rate of child welfare system involvement among families that are homeless or otherwise precariously housed than among low income families with stable housing. Studies also show that housing problems are common among child welfare system involved families and can become a barrier to the reunification of children who have been placed in out-of-home care. This issue brief, authored by Amy Dworsky, from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, summarizes what we currently know about the relationship between housing and child welfare, describes some of the ways child welfare agencies are addressing the housing needs of families and explores the use (or potential use) of housing interventions to reduce child welfare involvement among families that are homeless. It concludes with a discussion of implications for policy, practice and future research.

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