Welfare and Single Mothers
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This paper explores the issue of welfare for minorities and single mothers and explores whether the number of families and children receiving welfare increased or decreased in the last five years. The paper discusses the revised welfare policies and explains that the purpose of welfare is to temporarily help those in need until they can become independent and able to meet their own needs. The paper therefore concludes that welfare participation has declined for single mothers and minorities.
From the Paper:"In the minds of many people, welfare is a handout to those who do not want to work, or funds given to women who have babies and continue to draw welfare. Often the image is one of black women having several children. However, this is not the way that welfare works especially since 1996. The purpose of welfare is to help those in need until the time they can become independent and able to meet their own needs.
"During the last five years, there have been many changes in the welfare program. "On August 22, 1996, 'The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996' became law" (ACF News 1). This act changed welfare, as many people know it. It created a program called, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). This law ended any federal help to dependent families. "States, territories, and tribes each receive a block grant allocation, and states must maintain a historical level of state spending as maintenance of effort" (ACF News 1)."
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Welfare and Single Mothers (2003, October 16) Retrieved November 26, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/welfare-and-single-mothers-35680/
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