WASHINGTON — Job programs for welfare mothers that do not provide child care and other services doom millions of women to lives of dependency on government assistance, according to a congressional study released Saturday.
Despite "overwhelming evidence . . . that women in poverty desire to be self-sufficient," welfare regulations make it harder, not easier, for aid recipients to become financially independent, said the report by the House Government Operations Committee.
"Although there are many federal requirements for participation in work and training for welfare families, there are no concurrent federal provisions for quality child care, even to low-income families," the report said.
'An Elusive Goal'
"The lack of safe and affordable child care can foreclose the possibility of employment, training, education and even the opportunity to job hunt," the report said.