Welfare reform has been called a success. President Bush's proposals for further reform call for tougher work requirements for more people who get Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and for programs to encourage marriage for welfare recipients. But most parents receiving TANF are already working, while juggling childcare and jobs like everyone else. Those who are not married are usually single for good reasons, and marriage for money is not an option. Research on welfare reform done at the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, in cooperation with the State of Oregon, shows that the real problem these single parents face is poverty, a result of low wages and insecure jobs, scarce and high-priced day care, and insufficient education for qualifying for better paying jobs. In this talk we'll discuss the Oregon experience with welfare reform and what sort of welfare program might really help to reduce poverty.
For more information on this topic you can go to: http://wnw.uoregon.edu/policymat.shtml and view on-line, Welfare Restructuring, Work & Poverty: Policy Implications from Oregon, or you may purchase a copy for $5 from the Center for the Study of Women in Society by clicking on CSWS publications.