Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Among Child Welfare-Involved Families

Jesse J. Helton, Barbara H. Fiese

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Using a national probability sample of families involved in child welfare, we estimated food stamp participation rates based on child placement following maltreatment investigation. Of the 69% of households that retained their child after investigation and were eligible for food stamps, 73% participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; of the 51% of kinship foster homes that were eligible, 58% participated; and of the 22% of traditional foster homes that were eligible, 26% participated. Participation rates for households involved in child welfare were lower than for households in the general population; traditional foster homes participated at the lowest rates. Outreach to child welfare-involved families and child welfare agencies are needed to increase enrollment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-417
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • child welfare
  • food assistance program
  • foster home care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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