Lift the Cap on Kids

Massachusetts Legislature

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The most vulnerable children in Massachusetts need our help.

The Cap on Kids, also called the Family Cap, denies welfare benefits to children conceived while – or soon after – the family received benefits.

For over two decades, the Cap has exacerbated child poverty.  It currently deprives about 8,800 children of essentials, such as diapers, clothing, and food.

The Cap’s goal was to stop low-income women from having children.  It was based on the false belief that women will have children just to get $100/month. In reality, the Cap does not reduce births to mothers on welfare. It is a failed policy that harms children living in poverty.

We are a coalition of more than 110 organizations that support lifting the Cap on Kids.

We urge the Legislature to make Lifting the Cap on Kids a top priority. Will you sign on?

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The facts:
  • The Cap on Kids causes everyone in the family to suffer - including the excluded child's older siblings.
  • Welfare benefits are very low – $578/month for a family of three, but only $478 if one of the children is excluded by the Cap on Kids. Welfare benefits go up by about $100 a month as family size increases, unless the new child is excluded by the Cap on Kids.
  • Massachusetts currently denies benefits to 8,800 children because of the Cap on Kids.
  • Massachusetts is one of only 17 states that still have a Cap on Kids or a similar policy.
Petition by
Chelsie ouellette
Charlestown, Other

To: Massachusetts Legislature
From: [Your Name]

​The most vulnerable children in Massachusetts need our help.

The Cap on Kids, also called the Family Cap, denies welfare benefits to children conceived while – or soon after – the family received benefits.

For over two decades, the Cap has exacerbated child poverty. It currently deprives about 8,800 children of essentials, such as diapers, clothing, and food.

The Cap’s goal was to stop low-income women from having children. It was based on the false belief that women will have children just to get $100/month. In reality, the Cap does not reduce births to mothers on welfare. It is a failed policy that harms children living in poverty.

Senate Bill 34 (DiDomenico) and House Bill 85 (Decker) would lift the Cap on Kids. I join a coalition of more than 110 organizations across Massachusetts in urging you to make lifting the Cap on Kids a top priority.