Under the leadership of Republican Governor John Rowland and a Republican legislature, the state in 1995 enacted a 21-month limit on Aid to Families with Dependent Children
, one of the toughest in the country.
Families now go to Longfellow for help with everything from housing and Aid to Families with Dependent Children
eligibility to immunizations and family counseling.
* Qualified recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children
In fact, it's important to break a few myths about AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children
) and Medicaid for children: (a) 2/3 of infants with Medicaid have working parents (GAO, 1996); (b) more white women receive AFDC than African American or Hispanic women; (c) most families on AFDC (over 75%) have been on welfare for less than 5 years (DHHS, 1996).
Most of them were financially supported by Aid to Families with Dependent Children
(AFDC) or General Relief GR) with other government supplements such as Medical and food stamps.
Medicaid recipients currently fall into two categories: those under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children
program, comprised mostly of mothers and children, and those under the Supplementary Security Income program, a group made up mostly of the aged, blind and disabled.
Federal Employment Policy in Aid to Families with Dependent Children
lives in a family that receives payments from Aid to Families with Dependent Children
The Dynamics of Economic Well-Being also points out that the median length of time that persons received housing assistance was 15.6 months for those beginning assistance during the 1990-92 period, significantly longer than assistance on Medicaid (10.6 months), cash welfare such as Aid to Families with Dependent Children
(10.4 months), and Food Stamps (8.8 months).
Racist attitudes notwithstanding, it is a matter of record that White mothers receive more than half of the checks distributed under the auspices of the Aid to Families with Dependent Children
program--55.2 percent, compared to 39.2 percent received by Blacks.
* The contract's time limit provisions could exclude 1 million black families, including more than 2 million children, from Aid to Families with Dependent Children
When the Republican party swept through the November Congressional elections, House Majority leader Newt Gingrich vowed to enact the Republican "Contract With America." Legislation includes the Personal Responsibility Act, a bill which would prohibit mothers under the age of 18 from receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children
(A.F.D.C.) or housing payments for children born out of wedlock; states would have the option of extending that prohibition to mothers ages 18 to 20.