- I work with families with many children who have financial problems
here, who actually refers to children, not families.
How can I re-write this sentence to make it refer to families?
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You can write the phrase : "with many children" parenthetically :
"I work with families, with many children, who have financial problems."
The noun "family" (like class, committee) is a thing though it is made up of people. So your sentence should read
"I work with families, with many children, that have financial problems."
Even if one argues that the noun “family” implies people, “that” is an appropriate relative pronoun, since it can be used for both people and things.