ERIC Number: ED435494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Stretching the Limits: How States Are Using Welfare Flexibility To Support Children. Issue Brief.
Feeley, Theresa J.; Stein, Deborah L.
While the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 included many provision of concern to child advocates, the Act also gave states increased flexibility to design welfare programs in ways that support children, or that ameliorate some of the harshest provisions of the Act. This issue brief describes innovative policies some states have adopted that protect and support poor children and their families. State innovations are presented in seven areas: (1) supporting children when federal benefits are unavailable; (2) ensuring that eligible children retain benefits; (3) supporting children as parents begin to work; (4) expanding alternative income supports; (5) supporting all low income children; (6) helping working families move up the career ladder; and (7) monitoring the status of families. The brief concludes that state family-friendly policies are too rare, and that since the passage of welfare reform, more children are living in extreme poverty. Policies and programs addressing the needs of children should not be innovative, but routine. Contains contact information for some states. (KB)
Descriptors: Children, Program Descriptions, Public Policy, State Programs, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
National Association of Child Advocates, 1522 K Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005 ($5). Tel: 202-289-0777.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Child Advocates, Washington, DC.