Income Supports

Income support policies provide monetary payments to individuals or families with children. Most often, these policies are recurring income supplements with the goal of preventing or mitigating poverty. Income supports vary in how they are provided, how often they are received, and who is eligible.

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Research on cash transfer programs and child tax credits suggests that a permanent child allowance policy implemented in the US could significantly reduce child poverty, narrow racial disparities in household resources, and have positive impacts on birth and child health outcomes and on child-parent relationships.

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