Strengths of the Welfare System In general context, welfare is regarded as a legislative procedure, intended to encourage basic physical and factual well-being of people in need. In America, the welfare system represents certain programs, which are particularly planned for providing benefit to poor, elderly and unemployed individuals. The welfare system was started in 1930s during ‘Great Depression’, where American government attempted to enhance the household income of poor families. However, the welfare system of America faced problems as it was abused by the people for the improper utilization of money related to societal context. In 1996, the welfare system was improved so that it can provide justifiable benefits to people with need (Welfare Information, US Welfare System – Help for US Citizens). THESIS STATEMENTFocusing on this aspect, the paper discusses about the strengths of welfare system of America and how it preserve the family of African ancestry. STRENGTHS OF THE WELFARE SYSTEM IN AMERICAThe welfare system of America comprises several public programs, which intends to provide support to the people. For example, one important program of American welfare system is food stamps program, which assists poor people in purchasing grocery products. There is also unemployment benefits program that provide support to the employees who lost their occupations. The Medicaid program of American welfare system delivers inexpensive healthcare services to the low-income group people, thus assist the poor individuals to maintain healthy lifestyle. The child welfare program helps to prevent child abuse and encourage care for children who need assistance such as to live in foster homes or to arrange for reunification and adoption among others (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, How the Child Welfare System Works). The key strength of welfare system in America is that it provides assistance to people with need and thereby fights against poverty. It provide financial support with respect to domiciliary expenditures, food, clothing requirements and lodging, until the particular individual gain the ability to earn and to live.WAYS WELFARE SYSTEM IN AMERICA PRESERVED FAMILIES OF AFRICAN ANCESTRYHistorically, there was much concern in America regarding unequal treatment particularly for African ancestry. While providing support, families of African ancestry was likely to be abused and neglected. For example, it can be observed that African children are likely to be removed from foster homes on the basis class and they also experienced poverty, poor lodging and low level of access to health insurance. As an outcome, it eventually resulted in criminal behavior among black people. The rise of welfare system in America contributed greatly to the wellbeing of African ancestry in order to maintain a stable policy. It has stopped needless removal of placements, reconsolidation of parents and encouragement of culturally relevant support functions among others. In order to address the discrimination issue, a policy statement regarding ‘Preservation of African Ancestry’ was applied in welfare system of America. As a consequence, it helped to preserve African ancestry on four key aspects namely encouragement of right of African families to care and raise their children in an affectionate, safe and compassionate environment, encouragement of right of affiliation to raise relative child of African ancestry, reinforcement of reasonable and impartial treatment of families of African ancestry and promotion of families of African ancestry to have equal rights and access toward welfare services (NABSW National Steering Committee, Preserving Families of African Ancestry). Works CitedPreserving Families of African Ancestry. NABSW National Steering Committee, 2003. Web. 23 Oct. 2013. How the Child Welfare System Works. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013. Web. 23 Oct. 2013. US Welfare System – Help for US Citizens. Welfare Information, 2013. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.
Strengths of the welfare system