This article provides an overview of child homelessness in America and the environmental and social factors that lead families into poverty that results in a lack of stable residence, the historical role of the state in addressing child homelessness, how the foundational intersection of poverty and child welfare impacts the involvement of the state in monitoring homeless families for child abuse and neglect, how child homelessness disproportionately impacts children of color, and various theories on poverty, including vulnerability theory and the principle of subsidiarity. It concludes with a brief review of the U.S. strategy for ending family homelessness and three ideas that could expand the current safety net for homeless children. 219 references.
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Beyond Child Welfare -- Theories on Child Homelessness.