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This issue of the journal focuses on how children will fare as their mothers make the transition from welfare to work. Two-thirds of the nation’s welfare recipients are children. Even so, little objective information exists to guide predictions about how children will be affected when their mothers are required to leave welfare and accept employment. Available research and common sense point to a number of factors that may increase the chance of benefit and reduce the risk of harm. The higher the wages mothers earn, and the more stable their employment, the better off the children will be. Access to affordable, high-quality child care is critical to protect children while their mothers work; and appropriate affordable health care matters to children and mothers with medical problems. These employment related supports increase the odds that the transition to work will be successful, from the point of view of children. (Editor)
The Future of Children
Princeton, NJ
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