11.18 Reform of the safety net--Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

11.18 Reform of the safety net--Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

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FMSC 381 April 22, 2010
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Enacted in 1935, as part of Social Security Act To support poor children whose parents are  dead, deserted, or incapacitated Solution for women-focused policy Stay home and care for children But get married too (low benefits)
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Shift in 1961 Aimed at single mothers & women of color 2 parent families eligible as well Assumption of poor women as undeserving Assumption of absent fathers New focus on work with limited results Work Incentives (WIN), 1967 Jobs Opportunities Basic Skills Programs (JOBS), 1988
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Once on welfare, always on welfare Welfare recipients don’t want to work Children raised on welfare use welfare Most women on welfare are African American Welfare causes families to break up
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Women on welfare have  “kids for money” Women on welfare have lots  of kids Most teen mothers turn to  welfare Payments are too generous
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Need to Reform Welfare Provide assistance to needy families to care for  children End the dependence of needy parents on government  benefits by promoting job preparation, work, & marriage
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