When moms thrive, children thrive.

WHY MOMS?

 

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50% of lone-parent families in BC live in poverty.
82% of these families are female led.

The struggles faced by low income mothers raising children in an expensive city like Vancouver are exceptional - the soaring cost of essential living expenses such as housing, food, child care and transportation can eclipse a low income mother’s capacity to provide for her family.

This has a significant, long-lasting impact on their children.  

What is it like to grow up in poverty?

Children living in poverty are the most likely to have compromised cognitive development, poor mental and physical health, and poor educational outcomes. Without intervention, these outcomes create what’s called “the cycle of poverty,” where children raised in poverty face exceptional barriers to achieving health and stability in adulthood. 

This cycle of poverty is often rooted in a lack of appropriate and adequate supports for low income mothers. Without the resources they need to provide a loving and stable environment for their children and themselves, apprehension of the child into the foster care system is an all too common reality.

There is nothing that is more significantly associated with the removal of children from their families than poverty.
— Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

 

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Separating families is not an antidote to maternal poverty - it perpetuates it. 

Children who grow up in foster care and eventually become parents themselves, do so without the loving example of their own families and communities in their lives.

The impact of family separation - through residential schools and the current foster care system - is multigenerational. These interruptions cause long-lasting trauma and prevent mothers from building healthy families and passing on what they’ve learned. Those parenting skills are lost. The skills to do life are lost. And that gets passed on to the next generation.
— Chris Siu, MA, RCC

When mothers are supported appropriately and without judgement, they thrive. And when moms thrive, their children thrive, too.

Interventions that reduce stress on low income mothers by increasing their social, emotional and financial resources, can effectively alter the course of development for their children. Building strong relationships with peers and having access to a welcoming, supportive community reduces poverty-related stress for low income moms and sets them up to be the very best parents they can be.


 

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Children who have healthy, determined, well-supported mothers can grow and thrive in spite of poverty-related stress.

Children learn from their mother’s example and grow into adults who are resilient, hardworking and compassionate.

When moms at my school get involved with Mom2Mom, their kids hold their heads a little bit higher in school. They’re getting exposed to new things and they’re learning. There is more joy in their little lives.
— Donna Mah, Neighbourhood Assistant at Grandview Elementary School in Vancouver

Together we can break the cycle of poverty by keeping families together and helping them thrive under the care of a healthy, determined, and well-supported mother. 

Join us to improve the lives of children in poverty by supporting their moms.