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30 J. Soc. & Soc. Welfare 79 (2003)
Prevalence of Child Welfare Services Involvement among Homeless and Low-Income Mothers: A Five-Year Birth Cohort Study

handle is hein.journals/jrlsasw30 and id is 479 raw text is: Prevalence of Child Welfare Services
Involvement among Homeless and Low-Income
Mothers: A Five-year Birth Cohort Study
Thomas Jefferson University
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health
The University of Pennsylvania
This paper investigates the five-year prevalence of child welfare services
involvement and foster care placement among a population-based cohort
of births in a large US city, by housing status of the mothers (mothers who
have been homeless at least once, other low-income neighborhood residents,
and all others), and by number of children. Children of mothers with at
least one homeless episode have the greatest rate of involvement with child
welfare services (37%),followed by other low-income residents (9.2%), and
all others (4.0%). Involvement rates increase with number of children for
all housing categories, with rates highest among women with four or more
births (33 %), particularly for those mothers who have been homeless at least
once (54%). Among families involved with child welfare services, the rate
of placement in foster care is highest for the index children of women with
at least one episode of homelessness (62%), followed by other low-income
mothers (39%) and all others (39%). Half of the birth cohort eventually
involved with child welfare services was among the group of women who
have ever used the shelter system, as were 60% of the cohort placed in foster
care. Multivariate logistic regression analyses reveal that mothers with one
Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, September, 2003, Volume XXX, Number 3

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