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ERIC Number: ED453923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Working Poor Families with Children: Leaving Welfare Doesn't Necessarily Mean Leaving Poverty. Child Trends Research Brief.
Wertheimer, Richard
One of a series planned by Child Trends to help inform the public debate surrounding the 2002 reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, this brief updates a statistical snapshot of working poor families with children that Child Trends published 2 years ago. Findings presented in the brief include the following: (1) more poor children have parents who are working a substantial amount of time; (2) parental employment greatly reduces, but does not eliminate, poverty among children; (3) poor families not meeting the work standard are more likely to be headed by single parents or by parents who have not graduated from high school; (4) children in working poor families are less likely to have health insurance and receive public assistance; (5) working poor families are often doubly disadvantaged in their quest to escape poverty, being less likely to have two parents or to have a parent who has completed high school; and (6) home ownership and access to health care remain elusive goals for many working poor families. The brief considers implications of these data for public policy. (EV)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families