Two Simple Programs for Ending Child Poverty

Duncan Lindsey

in The Welfare of Children

Second edition

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780195136715
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894079 | DOI:
Two Simple Programs for Ending Child Poverty

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This chapter examines social policy initiatives and programs designed to alter the current structural arrangements responsible for the condition of poor children. If the families served by child welfare agencies suffer from severe economic hardship, and this hardship is a factor that contributes to the problems child welfare is attempting to solve, social and economic policy changes which address this hardship should be pursued. Further, solutions to these problems do not necessarily require more money so much as rethinking and redesigning policies and programs that have proven ineffective and out of date. For example, children suffer because of an ineffective and obsolete court-administered child support collection system. They also suffer because of inequities in the form of the children's allowance program developed in the United States.

Keywords: child welfare; social policy; Social Security; child poverty; child support; children's allowance

Chapter.  9703 words.  Illustrated.

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