National Diaper Bank Network
One dirty truth – literally – about child rearing is the high cost of diapers. They cost families from 70 to 80 dollars a month per child. Congress is considering legislation that would fund pilot programs in states such as Indiana to help low-income families afford the necessity. Currently, no federal program meets that need, says Alison Weir with the National Diaper Bank Network. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is the only program that provides money that could be used for diapers, but in Indiana that benefit is limited to 185 dollars a month for a household with one parent and two children. Missouri recently opted to fund diaper banks there and California is considering a voucher to offset the cost for children enrolled in subsidized day care. The federal bill has been referred to a House subcommittee for consideration.
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