Permanent Diaper Assistance

There are lots of reasons families benefit from Permanent Diaper Assistance. Here are two common reasons to implement Permanent Diaper Assistance in your CDA program:

 

  • Many families consider using cloth diapers to lower their baby budget, but they’re discouraged when they realize they have to spend money to save money with cloth diapers. Permanent Diaper Assistance allows families to begin their cloth journey without the initial, usually costly, investment.
  • Families who rely on emergency (disposable) diaper assistance programs are given back the power to diaper their children on their terms, eliminating a household’s diaper need indefinitely.

 

Some key points about Permanent Diaper Assistance:

 

1. Enough diapers to last 4-5 days of diaper changes.

Permanent Diaper Assistance provides 40 diapers per baby, which is about the number of diapers for 4-5 days worth of diaper changes. The purpose of providing 40 diapers is to ensure the caregiver feels empowered to use the diapers, and to refrain from overwhelming or discouraging the family with unrealistic laundry expectations.

 

2. Proof of child, proof of income, and proof of residency required.

While the only documentation disqualifying an applicant from receiving diapers through PDR is their residential status (if the family lives outside of the served region then they won’t be able to receive assistance), Permanent Diaper Assistance requires a bit more “proof” before receiving diapers than Emergency Diaper Assistance.

Why require all the proof if there’s no barriers to receiving assistance?

A few reasons:

  • Data. The main reason for these requirements is to accumulate data, which, among various other reasons, is important in determining who you are reaching and who you could be, and should be, reaching. Think: demographics.
  • Filtration. It seems a little counter-intuitive to create a system that will filter out applicants, but hear us out: 40 pre-loved diapers costs a standard value of $200, nevermind factoring in the additional accessories (pail liner, wet bag, wipes, etc.), the time (someone has to put these kits together, right?), and even more $ if the items are brand new. Only applicants who are serious about saving thousands of dollars in the first few years of their child(ren)’s life will be the ones willing to gather, upload, and submit their required documentation. The others, who may take the free diapers and never use them only because they’re free, who may never go through the educational content to learn about them, etc. will more than likely forget about applying all together – saving your program time, money, and resources for those who will actually benefit.

 

3. 1-2 weeks turn-around time This really depends on your set-up and how many diapers you have in stock. Providing Permanent Diaper Assistance may require wait-lists to allow time for your staff or volunteers to request extra items from your community; or it may require a few more days to put your diaper kits together. It could also take you no time at all if your inventory is stocked and you’ve created pre-assembled kits.