Shelia's Impact On Welfare

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). Welfare is often times looked down on by society because government assistance has been blamed for indirectly “crippling” able bodied people to depend solely on the government for their needs. However only about one-fourth (US Census Bureau) of society in Texas have some type of college education. Families with little or no education and single mothers alike are associated with lower incomes thus resulting in poverty and the need for governmental assistance. Both aspects of the impact on welfare in society will be discussed to better understand each perspective. Like Shelia many black, white and Hispanic men women and children turn to the government in their time of need. Often times the individuals receiving these services are…show more content…
Shelia is a government recipient that qualifies for the majority of programs that are available for low income single parent homes. However, Shelia has found a loop hole in the system which will be used to her benefit. Shelia has three children and receives $420 in food stamps a month; she also qualifies for a three or four bedroom house through Housing for Urban Development (HUD). To her advantage Shelia only works twenty hours a week to continue to qualify for her government benefits. After working for a month or so Shelia conviently quits her job or reports that she works less hours so that her benefits will increase. Shelia can now sit at home with rent set at $150 or less and Love INC will pay her electric or gas bill if it is two months or more past due. Non-recipients often times frown on individuals who are governmental recipients. Two income families often times barely survive without government assistance, though their income bracket may be very close to benefits status. In the previous scenario with Shelia, her children often times are the ones who will suffer. There will be less food in the home because Shelia will sell a portion of the food stamps to pay for the rent. Drugs and Alcoholism tend to overtake the paternalistic aspects of child rearing and the children are left with hardly any of the needs for survival (Waning of the Welfare State,…show more content…
The solution would be very hard to pinpoint because there are people who are in need of the government services as well as individuals who look for loop holes in the system. In the past lawmakers felt that welfare recipients were relying completely on the government instead of looking for permanent work. In 1996 President Clinton passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (Social Work, Social Welfare and American Society, 328), with a mandate to require welfare recipients to get out and find work and hold employment for a certain amount of time in order to continue to receive benefits. However, as mentioned before people began to quickly use the system to their advantage. The money used for these government programs come from the tax payers dollars, the workers who are the backbone of American society. If there were more strict rules along with the continuous “red tape” associated with applying for benefits, would that weed out potential system abusers, or would it indirectly knock out all the families who are truly in need. The question is seemingly very hard to answer. As Social Workers it is our job to ensure that every child and every family has the essentials for life without judgment. We have to direct the parents in the right direction for the protection of the child. There will always be the “what if” clause in our minds but we have to move on from it and still provide the best service

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