Key Takeaway:
This article examines the characteristics and service needs of child welfare-involved mothers: Mostly impoverished, struggling to meet basic needs, as well as coping with early trauma, mental health problems, substance abuse, and domestic violence.

Author(s)

This article analyzes a subset of data from POC's 2008 Parent Survey. Descriptive data for 747 mothers show that they were mostly impoverished, struggling to meet basic needs, as well as coping with early trauma, mental health problems, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Almost one-half of the mothers reported an annual income of less than $10,000 and nearly three-fourths were unemployed. At the same time, few mothers received public benefits with the exception of food stamps. Mothers with children in out-of-home care experienced greater economic hardship than child welfare involved mothers whose children remained in the home.

Citation

Marcenko, M. O., Lyons, S. J., & Courtney, M. (2011). Mothers' experiences, resources and needs: The context for reunification. Children and Youth Service Review 33(3), 431-438.