Brief Redirecting Welfare Policy Toward Building Strong Families
Elaine Sorensen, Ariel Halpern, Ronald B. Mincy
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This brief argues that welfare reform has not gone far enough to encourage two-parent families and responsible fatherhood. In fact, some of its own policies discourage this behavior. Furthermore, many poor families with young children are already struggling to stay together against the odds. Eventually, the majority of these families break up. By intervening early, government could help these "fragile families" scale the most common barriers to remaining intact over the long haul.
Research Areas Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Father involvement