ERIC Number: ED473501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Children in Single-Parent Families Living in Poverty Have Fewer Supports after Welfare Reform. IWPR Research in Brief.
Lyter, Deanna M.; Sills, Melissa; Oh, Gi-Taik
Since the 1996 passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act (welfare reform), impoverished children in single-parent families receive less aid than under the previous system, and the most disadvantaged of these children have slipped deeper into poverty. This research brief summarizes a study that explored the economic well-being of children in low-income single-parent families since welfare reform. Specifically, the brief examines how family income and access to health insurance, food stamps, and cash assistance changed for children in low-income single-parent families between 1996 and 2000. While child poverty has improved overall (the share of low-income children living in poverty has fallen), children in poor single-parent families in 2000 are less likely to receive cash assistance, Medicaid, and food stamps. Even the most disadvantaged children--those living in extreme poverty, defined as below half the poverty line--are less likely to receive benefits now than previously. (Author/HTH)
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Children, Family Income, Family (Sociological Unit), Health Insurance, One Parent Family, Poverty, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services, Well Being
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Women's Policy Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act