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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2001): Child Welfare - Overseas

CHILD AND FAMILY POLICIES IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE OPENING OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

S. B. Kamerman and A. J. Kahn

Social Policy and Administration, vol. 35, 2001, p. 69-84

A survey of current US family policy shows that it lags behind other advanced nations in:

  • provision of income support for children;
  • provision of healthcare for children;
  • early childhood care and education;
  • maternity and parental leave problems.

THE DISSOLUTION OF JOINT LIVING ARRANGEMENTS AMONG SINGLE PARENTS AND CHILDREN: DOES WELFARE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

P. D. Brandon and G. A. Fisher

Social Science Quarterly, vol. 82, 2001, p. 1-19

Critics of welfare reform in the US argue that children residing in states with lower welfare benefits will be more at risk of living apart from parents, as some parents will lack sufficient income to raise children. Results of an analysis of data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation suggest that the risk of children living apart from parents is lower in states offering higher welfare benefits. Growing reluctance across all levels of government to provide income support for needy families may accelerate the upward trend in parent-child separation.

THE ROLE OF SOCIAL INDICATORS IN DEVELOPING A MANAGING FOR RESULTS SYSTEM

M. P. Aristigueta, L. J. Cooksy and C. W. Nelson

Public Performance and Management Review, vol. 24, 2001, p. 154-169

Monitoring change over time is an important aspect of results-oriented management. Social indicators provide information on trends in the condition of children, families and communities. In Delaware, the social indicator programme known as Families Count is a building block in the state's development of a managing for results system. Article describes the development, use and institutionalisation of the Families Count Programme in Delaware. Then Families Count indicators are discussed in the context of Delaware's current and planned alignments and linkages of strategic plans, performance measures and programme evaluations.