Disabled Kids and Their Moms: Caregivers and Horizontal Equity
This Article's argument is simple. Public benefits should be available to disabled children and their co-resident caregivers in amounts adequate to ensure that the household standard of living is high enough to reward and appreciate home-based caregiving. The form of this public benefit should be a stipend to the caregiver. Doing otherwise ignores the many benefits conferred on the public by these caregivers. Doing otherwise unfairly puts almost the entire financial sacrifice of caregiving on the individual caregivers. Doing otherwise ignores the profound changes over the last few decades in terms of home care for people for disabilities and the importance of paid work for women. And doing otherwise perpetuates unjustifiable differences in the standards of living among caregivers.
19 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy 43 (2012).