Renowned as a forerunner for social, cultural, and legislative changes that impact the entire country, California may soon extend its influence to include diapers.
The California Assembly is expected to vote, this week, on two “diaper” bills, AB 492 and AB 717. The passage of the bills would effectively improve the well-being of infants and toddlers statewide, and intensify national momentum for the rapidly growing diaper bank movement that is addressing diaper need in communities throughout the U.S.
Upon passage, AB 492 would provide a monthly $50 diaper voucher for parents in the CalWORKs welfare-to-work program, and also to parents of children under 2-years-old who are enrolled CalWORKs child care program. The supplement would ensure that struggling families have supplies of diapers needed to keep their children clean, dry, and healthy. Currently, no state or federal assistance programs provide diapers, a basic need of all babies. (more…)