26 August, 2009

Mothers afraid to seek welfare

HOMELESS mothers are loath to approach welfare agencies out of fear they will be seen by authorities as unfit parents and lose custody of their kids, a new study reveals.

The report, The Right to Belong: Family Homelessness and Citizenship by Melbourne-based homeless agency Hanover and Swinburne University, finds increasing numbers of homeless women worry that child protection authorities see homelessness as failure to provide adequate care for their children, and opt to stay out of a system that could give them much needed help.

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