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Social Welfare Policy
An overview of the social welfare system in the United States and its problems today.
# 49077 | 3,847 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 24, 2004 in Sociology (Welfare) , Political Science (Social Security and Welfare)

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This paper examines some of the problems in the social welfare system as it exists today. It provides evidence of the ineffectiveness of the current system, which attempts to address the two-armed moral and physical needs of the individual with one arm tied behind its back. The digression that discusses the overall social welfare system and its philosophical underpinnings is necessary in order to understand the current problems with incarcerated mothers and then move ahead to suggest policy, which will accurately meet the needs of this population, rather than just create another social program. In conclusion, this paper presents suggestions for policy changes that could bring greater aid to the mothers and children who are caught in this difficult situation.

From the Paper:

"In regard to incarcerated mothers, and developing a system of social services to meet their needs, the interwoven nature of social and moral issues is even more difficult to separate. Child rearing is a process which provides more than physical needs to the growing child. A newborn or young child is dependant on his or her mother for emotional stability and growth. The character of the youngster is formed by the parents as they are taught right from wrong, taught to respect authority, and to respect themselves. In addition to providing the youngster with food, clothing and shelter, these morally necessary learning processes are surreptitiously aborted when the mother is incarcerated, or gives birth to a child while behind bars."

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