Implementing Welfare Reform Requirements for Teenage Parents: Lessons from Experience in Four States . MINOR PARENT LIVING ARRANGEMENT REQUIREMENT


The PRWORA of 1996 specifies that states must deny cash assistance to unmarried minor custodial parents who do not live in an adult-supervised setting, unless certain exceptions apply. At the time of our site visits in early 1997, three of the four study states---Arizona, Massachusetts, and Virginia---had implemented similar policies under waivers to the AFDC program and had been operating under these policies for more than a year.(1) Using the experience of these three states as a guide, we outline some of the decisions facing other states as they develop living arrangement policies for minor parents receiving cash assistance. In addition, based on the experiences of these three states, we highlight lessons for other states to consider when developing and implementing their own living arrangement policies.