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Duncan Lindsey and Aron Shlonsky

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304961.001.0001

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Comparing Welfare and Child Welfare Populations: An Argument for Rethinking the Safety Net

Comparing Welfare and Child Welfare Populations: An Argument for Rethinking the Safety Net

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(p.271) 17 Comparing Welfare and Child Welfare Populations: An Argument for Rethinking the Safety Net
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Child Welfare Research
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Mark E. Courtney

Amy Dworsky

Irving Piliavin

Steven McMurtry

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304961.003.0017

This chapter uses data from two ongoing studies in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, to provide empirical evidence supporting the claim that workfare and child welfare programs serve increasingly similar populations with similar needs. It begins with a history of the separation of income maintenance from social services, then briefly describes the current situation. It is shown that workfare and child welfare programs serve increasingly similar populations with similar needs. However, despite the similar needs of these populations, indeed, even a large overlap between the populations, these two systems continue to operate largely independently, if not at cross-purposes. These findings call into question both the structure of service systems in jurisdictions like Milwaukee and the federal welfare and child welfare policies that lead state and local policy makers to create such misaligned systems.

Keywords:   Milwaukee County, child welfare programs, workfare programs, child welfare policy, federal welfare policy

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