States can make diapers more affordable and available to families in need by providing direct assistance. This may come in the form of a voucher for diapers, an additional allowance for families as part of a work support program, or distributing diapers directly, through a diaper bank or other diaper distribution program. Such efforts are generally very targeted, in part because of the expense of providing diapers to a large number of children.

California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York legislatures are considering proposals to provide direct assistance.

  • In October 2017, Governor Brown approved AB 480, in which CalWORKS supportive services will include the cost of diapers.  The bill will make a participant in the welfare-to-work program eligible for $30 per month to assist with the diaper costs for each child who is under 36 months of age.