Children – either through their guardians or directly – have the right to help from the government if they are poor or in need (UN Convention on the rights of the Child, art. 26).
Children have the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and mental needs. Governments should help families and guardians who cannot afford to provide this, particularly with regard to food, clothing and housing (UN Convention on the rights of the Child, art. 27).