Government programs do not help teen mothers get off welfare

Jump to navigation. If you are under age 20 and pregnant or a parent, you must be in school full-time or have graduated from school. If you are under age 18 years , you must also meet special living arrangement rules. You still have a right to file your own application for TAFDC benefits without your parents, even if you live with them. Unless you have graduated, if you are under 20 you must be in high school, middle or elementary school OR a in a full-time GED high school equivalency program of at least 20 hours per week. If your GED program is less than 20 hours a week, you may be asked to do community service or other training as well.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Welfare Reform’s Missing Component

Welfare Reform Failing Poor Single Mothers - Pacific Standard

The women at the bottom in America, single mothers on public assistance, are sometimes called "drawer people," the subjects of case files that stay in the welfare manager's drawer, year after year. They are mothers who quit work or can't work because they are ill or disabled, or illiterate, or victims of abuse, or the sole caregivers for an elderly parent or chronically sick child. These so-called hard-to-serve single mothers may include women who fail to apply for the 70 jobs in one month required to qualify for a federal cash grant. They may want to go to school full time, which is against welfare rules in some states.

ParentsNext program comes under fire from single mothers who say it 'makes life harder'

With those five kids crowded into one room and the parents and two toddlers sleeping bed-to-crib across the hall, that makes for cramped quarters in this two-bedroom bungalow in east Oakland. Along with some 95, other families across California, the Zavalas have just begun receiving a larger monthly welfare payment thanks to the repeal of a controversial state law known as the Maximum Family Grant rule. Introduced in the wave of welfare reform legislation that swept the country in the mids—and designed to discourage mothers from having more children when they were already struggling to make ends meet—the rule barred all low-income families enrolled in welfare from receiving increases in assistance to care for any additional children. The exception: If a mother could prove to the state that a child was not conceived intentionally. Acceptable explanations included the failure of one of four approved contraceptive methods IUD, Depo-Provera, Norplant, or sterilization, but not condoms or birth control pills or that the new child had been conceived as the result of rape or incest.
Welfare reform is being widely heralded as a success. In the last decade, teen pregnancy rates have declined somewhat, but remain twice those of other industrialized nations. Unless this underlying situation is addressed, child poverty and other social problems are likely to increase.
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