• June 2002
  • Vol. 3, No. 5

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For Better and For Worse: Welfare Reform and the Well-Being of Children and Families

Duncan, Greg J.; Chase-Lansdale, P. Lindsay, Editors. Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY. 2001. 337 pp. $42.50. Hardback.

Although the 1996 welfare reform bill reduced welfare rolls, falling caseloads do not necessarily mean a better standard of living for families. More than 30 child welfare, social work, and family experts examine the evidence from welfare reform's first five years and evaluate whether it has met one of its chief goals: improving the well-being of our nation's poor children. Organized in four sections, chapters describe:

  • How individual States redesigned, implemented, and are managing their new welfare systems
  • What happens when sanctions and time limits force families out of the welfare system
  • How States have focused primarily on maternal employment, rather than increased income or marriage
  • Reforms that provide financial support for working parents, enhancing children's development
  • How children and families are actually faring under the new system
  • Policy options for future enhancements
  • Lessons learned.

Focusing on improving the life chances of poor children, this volume presents the most recent data on the effects of welfare reform, as well as predictions for the future.

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