Overcoming Economic Hardships

Roxana Torrico Meruvia, MSW

Child Welfare

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Economic security is critical to the well-being of all children, youth and families. Yet, too many families across this country experience economic hardships. In 2010, 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty (DeNavas-Walt, Proctor & Smith, 2011). The official measurement of poverty1 is $22,113 for a family of four (Short, 2011) which is insufficient to adequately meet a family’s basic needs. Unfortunately, a lack of economic security places thousands of children, youth and families at risk of experiencing a wide array of life-changing experiences and unhealthy outcomes.

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