2015 ORS § 412.161¹
Policy on two-parent families

The Legislative Assembly finds:

(1) That the provision of public assistance to children in very low income families would help keep families together and reduce hardship in times of high unemployment;

(2) That the lack of public assistance to two-parent unemployed families does not produce significant financial savings for the State of Oregon since family break-up increases the number of single-parent families receiving public assistance;

(3) That children in two-parent unemployed families have needs as urgent as those of children in single-parent unemployed families;

(4) That the provision of public assistance to two-parent unemployed families may provide access to medical care for these families, health being one of the prerequisites to seeking and maintaining employment;

(5) That because federal law requires active participation in employment and other alternatives to be eligible for federal funds for public assistance, the availability of federal funds helps those families who are trying hardest to help themselves be self-supporting; and

(6) That additional funds need to be made available in the temporary assistance for needy families program to effectuate this policy. [Formerly 418.180; 2015 c.765 §21]