Examining the impact of family services on homeless children

Authors: Portwood, S.G., Shears, J., Brooks K.E. Nelson, M. Thomas L.M.

Source: Child & Family Social Work, 20: 480–493. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12097

This study examined the impact on children of services delivered through a collaborative initiative designed to provide supports to working poor families who are homeless or at immediate risk of becoming homeless.

Overall, a number of positive findings can serve to inform the development of promising intervention strategies for children in homeless families and highlight areas for further research. Along with improved housing status, there was a statistically significant improvement in the economic self-sufficiency of the families served, regardless of whether they completed the full programme cycle. In addition, youth self-report data indicated significant improvements in externalizing and internalizing behaviour.

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