Recent Changes in Wisconsin Welfare and Work, Child Care, and Child Welfare Systems

Research Report

Recent Changes in Wisconsin Welfare and Work, Child Care, and Child Welfare Systems

Abstract

More than other states, Wisconsin eliminated the entitlement to cash assistance by linking receipt of welfare to work. The state's W-2 program focuses heavily on job readiness and is designed to mirror the work world. A four-tier system places recipients in different activities depending on their level of job readiness. Wisconsin also recognized child care as an important work support by creating a single child care system for all low-income working families. Wisconsin is one of the only states in our
study to offer kin caring for relative children a payment through the child welfare system in place of the child-only grant usually offered by the welfare office.

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