Children and Chronic Health Conditions: Welfare Reform and Health-Related Carework

Andrew S. London, Ellen K. Scott, Vicki Hunter

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Cash assistance and associated programs are a safety net for poor women caring for children with chronic health problems and disabilities. Moreover, children from poor and low-income families have disproportionately high rates of accidents, injuries, activity limitations, disabilities, and chronic health problems. The unpaid carework for children (and others) with chronic health problems that welfare-reliant women do in their own homes could in theory be conceptualized and valued socially as vital public care resource that it is. However, like women’s domestic carework for children generally, welfare-reliant women’s carework for their children with chronic health problems has not been valued as work or as a public care resource. Welfare-reliant women caring for children with serious, chronic health conditions, behavior problems, and disabilities face specific and unique challenges to meeting the mandates of welfare reform. Policymakers must, at the same time, expand available child care and home care services for chronically ill children and develop other programs to support for low-income women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChild Care and Inequality
Subtitle of host publicationRethinking Carework for Children and Youth
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781317794844
ISBN (Print)9780415933506
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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