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Child Poverty

April 7, 2000 • Volume 10, Issue 13
Did welfare reform help poor children?
By Kathy Koch

Introduction

Barbara Joiner, an unemployed resident of Tunica, Miss., was unable to take an entry-level job on the weekends because she couldn't find child-care. (Photo Credit: KRT Photo/Jean Pieri -- St. Paul Pioneer Press)
Barbara Joiner, an unemployed resident of Tunica, Miss., was unable to take an entry-level job on the weekends because she couldn't find child-care. (Photo Credit: KRT Photo/Jean Pieri -- St. Paul Pioneer Press)

The child-poverty rate has declined slowly since 1993, and the rate of black child poverty is the lowest in history. But 13.5 million American children still live in poverty -- the highest rate of any industrialized country. Conservatives attribute the decline to welfare reform, which forced millions of single welfare mothers to go to work. But child advocates like the Children's Defense Fund say that progress in reducing child poverty has slowed markedly and that cuts in social service programs made the poorest families poorer. Meanwhile, child advocates question why states are amassing huge surpluses in federal welfare funds and why food banks and homeless shelters are seeing more and more children of the working poor, even as Congress dawdles in raising the minimum wage.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Oct. 28, 2011  Child Poverty
Sep. 07, 2007  Domestic PovertyUpdated
Jun. 18, 2004  Ending Homelessness
Dec. 22, 2000  Hunger in America
Apr. 07, 2000  Child Poverty
Jan. 26, 1996  Helping the Homeless
Aug. 07, 1992  The Homeless
Mar. 30, 1990  Why Homeless Need More Than Shelter
Sep. 30, 1983  Hunger in America
Oct. 29, 1982  The Homeless: Growing National Problem
Jan. 25, 1967  Status of War on Poverty
Feb. 05, 1964  Persistence of Poverty
Jun. 06, 1956  Pockets of Poverty
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Children
Wages
Welfare and Welfare Reform
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