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Dec 27, 2007
Neglect vs. Poverty
by: Darlene Barriere - webmaster

Michelle, report what you know to the Ministry of Child and Family Services (or other such Ministry for your province). The government blue pages in your local phone book should provide a number. Ask for the intake worker, and then report what you've seen. It will be up to the Ministry to investigate.

My page Poverty and Child Neglect on this site offers a comparison between neglect and poverty, which you might find helpful.

From what you've stated, it sounds to me as though there may be both neglect and poverty involved. If the clothes were clean and appropriate for the season, it would not be considered neglect, because the basic needs would be met. Signs of Child Neglect on this site provides more information about the basic needs.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

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