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Families often face humiliating and punitive hurdles when they apply for government benefits. Wendy Bach, a professor of law at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, explains how a new approach to supporting families is recognizing that all families deserve to be treated the same way.


The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package President Joe Biden signed in March 2021 will expand the child tax credit for one year. Instead of providing families with up to $2,000 per child under 17, the government will distribute a total of $3,600 for each child under six and $3,000 for kids under 18.

Some economists predict that these payments, which will go to all but the wealthiest parents, could cut US child poverty by nearly 50 percent.

Many Democrats in Congress want to make this policy permanent. If they succeed, nearly all families with children will be able to count on getting these benefits. Read the full article on The Conversation.


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