Excluded Children: Family Cap in a New Era
Publication Date: February 1999
Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
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.