Any one who is receiving welfare under the new child welfare reform program should be required to be working or looking for work or going through a job training program, at least after a child they care for is over a certain age, like 1 or 2 years old. This promotes self sufficiency and the ability to leave welfare.
In any modern society, the ability of a children to grow unhindered from the concerns of the adult world, is of the utmost importance. A child will not be able to develop if he or she is forced every day to worry about more adult things like work and wages.
I do think workfare is an essential part of any new child welfare reform, but only if it is used to compliment traditional welfare. Welfare is needed for poor people and those who aren't making enough money. It's either that, or having people starve to death in the world's richest nation.
I do not believe workfare is an essential part of any new child welfare reform. Workfare simply doesn't work and in many cases those that seek out assistance are already working, they are simply stuck in low-wage jobs. The government needs to stop rewarding people for having children with the EIC and child tax credits. Don't pay people to have children and they will stop.