IR&R plea to the ABA: Protect disadvantaged children from excusion

January 1995
Human Rights;Winter95, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p3
In acknowledging that the U.S. welfare system may need reform, the Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section is urging the American Bar Association (ABA) to oppose any child exclusion policies that would affect the country's disadvantaged children. A recommendation will be submitted to the House of Delegates of ABA when it meets on February 13-14, 1995 at the Midyear Meeting in Miami, Florida. The report accompanying the resolution expressly denounced family cap or child exclusion proposals that deny benefit increases to children born into a family that is receiving assistance through the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. AFDC is a federal-state income support program that serves very low-income families. Its purpose is to encourage the care of dependent children in their own homes or in the homes of relatives. Several states as well as the current administration have embraced proposals to cap AFDC benefits under the rubric of welfare reform. By approving the resolution during the Midyear Meeting in Miami, the ABA will clarify and strengthen its existing policies according to the report.


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