The Female Solution: Is The Welfare System A Trap Leading To Jail For Men?


Aid to Families with Dependent Children, a federal assistance program in effect from 1935 to 1996 was created by te Social Security Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide financial assistance to children whose families had low to no income. It became known as Welfare. First administered primarily to white families, in the 1960s, more African American families sought and received federal aid, but unlike white couples whose families were allowed to remain intact the stipulation for black families to receive aid was that no man could be present in the home. This has had a devastating effect on families for the last three generations and now a fourth generation of black families is growing up in communities where nearly 80 percent of the children are being raised in single parent female headed households. Now the governement has a new twist: the mother of the children can receive financial assistance, but the State will seek and find the father of the children and sue him to pay back child support. If he does not pay it, he can go to jail. Is this a trap? How can we avoid this situation? What strategies should low income couples pursue to prevent the all too common scenario of mothers getting aid and fathers getting sued, arrested and jailed?

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