This brief proposes that:
- Services to children and their families need to take a holistic view of the child’s relationships with family, extended family, neighbors and government agencies
- Improved communication between child advocates, families and government agencies is necessary. The current sectors serving lower-income communities operate in a disconnected and complex manner, creating conditions that could further disrupt the lives of children and their families.
- Families should be encouraged and supported to use the resources they already have within themselves in order to address trauma effectively
- It is crucial to building a more equal and just system of social services to empower families living in poverty and the practitioners who serve them. Inequality and inter-generational poverty disrupt families and leave them with limited resources to change course.
Access the full advocacy brief here.