TITLE

Welfare Reform

AUTHOR(S)
Ozawa, Martha N.; Kirk, Stuart A.
PUB. DATE
December 1996
SOURCE
Social Work Research;Dec96, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p194
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on welfare reform in the U.S. to deal with single women with children. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which U.S. president Bill Clinton signed into law on August 22, 1996, is, in large part, a societal response to the imagined threat posed by these women. The act represents the nation's retreat from its commitment to provide a safety net for this most economically vulnerable population. Under this law, the authority to develop and administer welfare programs will be transferred to the states. Specifically, the act includes the provisions: Welfare mothers will be required to work after two years of assistance; Cash payments will be provided for no more than five years during recipients' lives; Unwed mothers under 18 are ineligible for assistance unless they live in the home of an adult relative or in another adult-supervised arrangement. Social work researchers have an important role to play in the process of restructuring welfare.
ACCESSION #
9510140513

 

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