ERIC Number: ED390522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Leave No Child Behind: Building and Strengthening Communities for Children.
Welfare reform is unavoidably related to children. The importance of considering children's well-being when governments change the rules of support for poor families cannot be overestimated. Findings in the welfare reform proposal contained in the "Contract with America," and elsewhere, are deeply disturbing because they seek to: deny benefits for teenage mothers, limit the time of welfare receipt to 5 years without guaranteeing a workfare slot after that period, and end the entitlement to public assistance by folding that program into a block grant. All of these proposals interact with the balanced budget amendment, which has the potential to cut spending on discretionary entitlement programs by 30 percent. Using the Foundation for Child Development as a case study shows how foundations have responded, and are now responding, to the welfare reform debate. The best solution is to commit to the hard, long-term enterprise of operating humane, individualized, serious welfare-to-work programs, and to try to be realistic about policies to make work pay. (WP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Childrens Defense Fund; Contract with America; Family Support Act 1988; Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Program; Welfare To Work Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Conference of the Children's Defense Fund (15th, Seattle, WA, March 9-15, 1995).