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Supporting Young Children with Disabilities: Solutions for Improving Food Security

High costs associated with raising a child with disabilities can strain the family budget and lead to trade-offs between basic needs. Children’s HealthWatch research demonstrated that families of children with SHCN who receive SSI were more likely to be food insecure compared with families of children with SHCN not receiving SSI.

Children with Special Health Care Needs, Supplemental Security Income, and Food Insecurity

This study assesses food insecurity in low-income households with young children with/without special health care needs (SHCN) and evaluates relationships between child Supplemental Security Income (SSI) receipt and food insecurity. Of the 6,724 children included in the study sample, 81.5% screened negative for SHCN, 14.8% positive for SHCN (no SSI), and 3.7% had SHCN and received SSI. After covariate […]

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Nurturing Children: Solutions to Alleviate Hardships and Barriers for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Over two million children in the United States under the age of five have special health care needs (SHCN) – experiencing chronic physical, developmental, emotional and behavioral conditions that require more health and related services than their peers. This policy brief is the first in a two-part series exploring economic hardships faced by families with children with SHCN […]

Ripple effect: Supporting children with special health care needs through improved family- focused policies

As a clinician who has worked for many years with families with children with special needs, I see parents who try, like all parents, to provide for all their family needs and give the best opportunities they can to their children. Low-income parents raising children with special health care needs (SHCN) face additional challenges in […]