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Excluded Children: Family Cap in a New Era

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Publication Date: February 1999

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Shelley Stark; Jodie Levin-Epstein

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


A family cap policy limits a familys TANF grant rather than provide the traditional incremental increase when there is a newborn; this policy may be a vestige of an old era. Policy in today's welfare era eliminates a familys grant when the family reaches a time limit. The details on the 23 states with a family cap, the available research, and the number of children known to have been capped to date are provided.

Appendix II: State Counts of Capped Children is a supplementary file.