ERIC Number: ED408415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
P.L. 104-193: Challenges and Opportunities. Report VI: Final Report. Confronting the New Politics of Child and Family Policy in the United States.
Kamerman, Sheila B., Ed.; Kahn, Alfred J., Ed.
This report is the sixth and final report in a series designed to help states, local government, and the voluntary sector, as they respond to the social policy debates and changes precipitated by the 104th Congress through its welfare reform efforts. This final report draws on the lessons the project learned from commissioned papers, six consultations and miniconferences, and the work of experts and advocates for child welfare. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 has nine titles that drastically affect the shape of welfare in the United States. It is essential that welfare planners build on the new flexibility available to the states and address concerns about work-motivation and family formation to create programs that move in a constructive direction, assisting and supporting, rather than attacking, welfare recipients. It is vital that states, as they try to comply with new policy directions, not ignore the hard-to-serve, particularly those in the big cities. The discussion of the states at the center of the examination considers: (1) work policies and initiatives; (2) a multitrack welfare plan; (3) child care initiatives; (4) capacity to individualize and support; (5) diversion from welfare; (6) individual development accounts; and (7) avoiding big mistakes. The discussion of needed Federal initiatives and some state options focuses on legal immigrants, supplemental security income, and food stamps. Appendixes discuss the National Governors' Association plans and list participants in the miniconferences. (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Delivery Systems, Federal Legislation, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Resource Allocation, State Programs, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
Cross-National Studies Research Program, Columbia University School of Social Work, 622 West 113th Street, New York, NY 10025-9939.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. School of Social Work.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act