Key Takeaway

This 2016 brief provides key facts on the intersection between poverty and involvement in the child welfare system, as well as policy recommendations to ensure family economic security.

Research demonstrates a correlation between poverty and child welfare involvement. The study of brain science illuminates the cognitive barriers associated with poverty, including the ability to effectively parent. Investing in a two-generation approach to economic self-sufficiency for all Washington State families serves as a key protective strategy for mitigating entry into the child welfare system.