California Moms Enrolled In Welfare Will No Longer Be Penalized By Family Cap Law

June 25, 2016  |  

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For over twenty years, California mother’s who were enrolled in the state’s cash welfare program have been penalized for giving birth to a new baby thanks to their Maximum Family Grant Rule. Until now.

The rule, which restricted mothers from receiving monetary government assistance for the children they had after their initial welfare application, attempted to limit the family size of poor women, mostly women of color. But with Gov. Jerry Brown (D) offering support of its demolition and the budget being passed off the floor of the state legislature late on Tuesday evening, the rule finally being done away with.

ThinkProgress also reported, “Once the policy is gone, 93,000 families will benefit from an extra $138 a month for each child that had previously been exempt, on average,” according to an estimate from the state Department of Social Services.”

“No child should be treated differently under the law simply because they were conceived and born while their parents were poor,” Jessica Bartholow, legislative advocate at Western Center for Law and Poverty told ThinkProgress in an email. “Now they won’t.”

Thankfully, California is the most recent of seven states that have repealed the law, joining Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wyoming.


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