The purpose of this assignment is to facilitate student learning in analyzing policy. A scenario/case study of a problematic or problem-solving situation will be provided to students (see Appendix). Develop a 2 page paper (typed and double-spaced) which describes the appropriate social welfare programs which are relevant for one of the following case examples. Include discussion of eligibility, benefits, and the adequacy of the available services.



Single-parent family headed by Jane Smith, 24 years old. There are two children, William is 4 years old, and Sally is 2 years old. Jane is currently unemployed, did not work long enough to be covered by Unemployment Insurance, has exhausted all of her savings, and receives no alimony or child support. The family is temporarily staying at a Salvation Army family shelter, but must leave at the end of the month. For what services might the Smith family be eligible? What do you recommend?


Mr. Jones is 65 years old and planning to retire next month. He has worked for 40 years at two different places of employment. His earnings have always been enough to support his family. His children are adults and on their own, he currently lives with his wife Sarah who is 63 years old. Sarah never worked full-time, and only worked for a few years before they had children. While Mr. Jones has some savings, and his house is fully paid for, he is concerned about being cared for in retirement. What services are available for Albert and Sarah Jones? What do you recommend?

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