Resource use of rural low-income families caring for children with disabilities

Sharon E Powell, Jean W. Bauer

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Abstract

The Personal Responsibility Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, Pub.L. 104- 193 (PRWORA) was passed creating the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. Since the passage of PRWORA, many families were able to leave the welfare rolls while those remaining on welfare were likely composed of families facing barriers to leaving, such as caring for children with disabilities. This project addresses the gaps in knowledge regarding low-income families caring for children with disabilities by conducting qualitative research investigating the resources used by these families to find and keep employment and child care. The study used a sample from a research project entitled 'Rural Families Speak' and examined the data of 26 families caring for children with disabilities. Analysis resulted in policy recommendations for increasing the efficacy of the programs designed to help these families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-83
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Children and Poverty
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

Keywords

  • Child care
  • Children with disabilities
  • Employment
  • Family resource management
  • Poverty references

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