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Take Action: Join the Campaign for Inclusive Family Policies!

Families are in need of support–and that support needs to meet the needs of all families. Family policy should be inclusive—the ways in which families meet their income-earning and caregiving responsibilities should not determine their eligibility for support and services– that’s the purpose of the Campaign for Inclusive Family Policies. (Sign your name in support!)

The Family and Home Network calls for family policies that help all families regardless of how they earn a living or care for their families.

“Our Campaign for Inclusive Family Policies is built on principles of equality and justice,” says Catherine Myers, Executive Director of Family and Home Network. “All family policy making should start with the principles of inclusion. We must stop talking about parents as though they can be divided into two groups: “working” or “at home.” Many parents move in and out of the workforce over time, and they value equality, flexibility and choice. All parents need society’s support as they raise children.”

According to the FAHN, parents whose needs are not addressed by most policies designed for “working families” cross the spectrum of economics, class, culture, politics, religions, race and ethnicity. They include:

Families with one full-time wage earner and one at-home parent

Families with two full-time wage earners who work different shifts

Parents working night or weekend shifts

Parents whose relatives do some of the caregiving

Parents who cooperatively trade caregiving with friends

Families in which children are being raised by retired grandparents

According to the Pew Research Center, one in five parents are stay at home parents, and more than half of mothers who are currently employed would prefer to be home caring for their children.

Child allowances and child tax credits are examples of inclusive family policies that help all families. One such bill currently before Congress is The American Family Act of 2019. The Columbia University Center on Poverty and Social Policy found that it would cut child poverty by 38%. Its fully refundable tax credits issued monthly would alleviate economic stress for millions of families with children.

Learn more about the campaign. And don’t forget to sign your name in support!

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