- Pamela Loprest and Austin Nichols
- Fall/Winter (2011-2012) 2012
- Link to foc282b (PDF)
- Link to foc282sup (PDF)
Single-mother families with children who have neither earnings nor means-tested cash benefits are very likely to be poor. How many such families are there, and what are their economic circumstances? Do they receive other benefits or have other income sources? Are there particular characteristics of these disconnected families that distinguish them from other low-income single-mother families? Do families remain disconnected for relatively short periods, or are some families chronically disconnected? This article addresses these questions using longitudinal data that allow the changing circumstances of families to be observed over time.