Adults are spending more time away from their children and other family members, and accelerating urbanization trends mean that many are also living far from the extended family members who formerly helped with caregiving. As a result, working conditions have a dramatic impact on family health – they shape the extent to which working adults can provide necessary care to their children and other family members.
Additionally, many working adults are not able to earn enough to lift their families out of poverty. Being raised in poverty has detrimental effects on children’s life chances, from their health to their education to their likelihood of performing child labor or being married as children. Families need a source of income support to ensure that children’s basic needs can be met.
The WORLD Policy Analysis Center provides globally comparative data on a wide range of areas relevant to family care and income support.