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Webinar: Housing as a pathway to prevent child maltreatment
July 30, 2020 @ July 30, 2020 - July 30, 2020
Stable housing provides a foundation for health, well-being, and prosperity for children, families, and communities. Stable housing can positively affect a broad spectrum of outcomes for children and families, including academic performance, employment, physical, and mental health. Threats to stable and healthy housing are complex and intertwined with systemic and interpersonal factors.
Families experiencing housing instability face increased risk of their children being involved in the child welfare system. 81% of families with children entering the child welfare system identified recent histories of housing instability, including crowding, homelessness, and evictions. Housing instability is also linked to delays in reunification, while placement in foster care is also connected to youth homelessness.
If families experiencing housing instability are at greater risk of child maltreatment and placement into foster care, how can we take a systems approach to support families coping with housing instability, before getting involved in the child welfare system? Housing Opportunities Made to Enhance Stability (HOMES) is a systemic intervention focused on building new relationships, sharing ideas and knowledge, and starting new collaborations between housing and child welfare partners in the community.
During this webinar, participants will learn about the connection between housing stability and child maltreatment, how to use a Systemic Intervention framework to inform your system change strategy, and Lessons Learned from the ICFW HOMES initiative.