Research Report Recent Changes in California Welfare and Work, Child Care, and Child Welfare Systems
Deborah Montgomery, Laura K. Kaye, Rob Geen, Karin Martinson
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Initial implementation of CalWORKS has resulted in several trends among TANF, employment development, child care, and child welfare agencies. These include: 1) increased county discretion in determining local CalWORKS-related policies; 2) significant reductions in TANF caseloads; 3) substantial new resources dedicated to supporting all CalWORKS families with child care subsidies; 4) greater collaboration across state- and local-level agencies in an effort to streamline service delivery; and 5) a continued emphasis on work first, with community resources becoming more aligned to support sustained employment.
Research Areas Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Welfare and safety net programs State programs, budgets Child care Child welfare