History of Social Welfare Policy and Programs

Understanding the history of social welfare policy and programs, including changing populations and emerging trends in society that shaped policy and practice, is essential to understanding the context that shaped practice. Gaining knowledge of current social welfare programs helps students advocate for client services and develop professional roles.

Write a paper summarizing the relevant history of a major social welfare program in the United States, then provide an overview of the current policy and programs. Identify the program’s strengths and weaknesses, and identify whether this program needs reform. Discuss how the social and political climate affects policy reform over the years. This paper should be 10-12 pages, written in APA format, and include the text and three to five peer reviewed sources to receive full credit (30 points).