Report Offers Cross-Agency Collaboration as Policy Solution
A new report by the West Coast Poverty Center highlights the experiences of “economically disconnected” low-income families who receive income from neither employment nor government cash assistance, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Compared to families receiving income from employment or cash assistance, economically disconnected families were characterized by higher rates of:
Out-of-home child placement,
Alcohol and drug abuse, and
Lower rates of parental involvement in child welfare systems.
Economic disconnection was further linked to:
Challenges inherent in the TANF system such as lack of housing, employment, or food resources, as well as
Pre-existing and undiagnosed mental and physical health disorders.
The report suggests that cross-agency collaboration between economic services and the child-welfare system can help alleviate this growing problem.