Where Poverty and Parenting Intersect: The Impact of Welfare Reform on Caregiving

  • Laura Frame


Public policies impact individual lives, but the task of identifying those effects can be a challenge. In the case of welfare reform, locating the effects of changed welfare policies on parenting quality is complicated by the fact that most welfare policies do not directly target parenting behavior, and most welfare programs are not parenting interventions, per se. Rather the federal welfare reforms of the 1990s were largely intended to influence workforce participation and family income, as well as to encourage marriage, and to thereby affect parenting through indirect routes. Still changes in welfare laws have important implications for children and parents, and parenting remains a primary avenue through which poverty conditions’ and the welfare policies that influence them—affect children.


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