ciation between poor men and women and might actually lengthen the time an AFDC household would need to receive benefits.
As the number of single-parent families continues to escalate (U.S. House of Representatives, 1992), poverty rates among children have also risen, and the extent of that poverty has also grown worse (Danziger & Danziger, 1993). The Family Support Act, touted as a measure to assist more people off welfare and into the workforce, has not yet shown appreciable success (Edkin & Jencks, 1992). It appears that tinkering with the eligibility criteria of welfare is no longer the political option it once was. Although some social policy experts have advocated reworking the Internal Revenue Code to address institutionalized poverty (Belcher & Fandetti, 1995), a more popular idea has been to limit the length of time recipients may stay on welfare (Halter, 1994). It remains to be seen whether this will increase or decrease the overall poverty rate, especially among children.