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Urban Institute Looks Back at a Decade of Welfare Reform

8/16/2006:   Since the early 1990s, welfare has changed dramatically. States now have flexibility to implement their welfare programs and create incentives to encourage work and two-parent families. Many safety-net programs, such as child care and child support, have also changed since the welfare reform law was passed in August 1996.Today, many families have left welfare and gone to work, bringing new challenges for families confronting low wages and limited benefits.

In July, the Urban Institute brought together government officials, human service practitioners, researchers, and analysts for a roundtable discussion about the past decade of welfare reform. Audio files of the half-day forum, "Welfare Reform Roundtable: Reviewing a Decade, Previewing the Future," are available online.

Fact sheets prepared by Urban Institute experts analyzing welfare reform over the past 10 years are also downloadable. A Decade of Welfare Reform: Facts and Figures reviews different aspects of welfare reform, including the status of the states, low-income working families, child well-being, and marriage and childbearing. Government Work Supports and Low-Income Families: Facts and Figures analyzes programs intended to help low-wage households.


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