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Sanctions and Education Outcomes for Children in TANF Families

NCJ Number
Child & Youth Services Volume: 32 Issue: 3 Dated: July-September 2011 Pages: 180-199
Anita M. Larson; Shweta Singh; Crystal Lewis
Date Published
September 2001
20 pages
This study examined the impact of Welfare Reform.
Most research on the impact of Welfare Reform has been upon the employment status of parents and trends in declining caseloads. Recent research has examined how children in Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program families are faring, with growing interest in the effects upon children of the disruptions to cash benefits that result from program sanctions, the policies that are intended to motivate parents to comply with work requirements. Adding to the body of knowledge on children and TANF sanctions, this study used administrative data to examine school attendance rates and disruptions to enrollment, for children from families with at least one sanction. Findings indicate that there are important probable connections between the factors that contribute to challenges to employment that relate to parenting and the school engagement of children in TANF families. (Published Abstract)