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  • Individual Author: Zaslow, Martha; Tout, Kathryn; Botsko, Christopher; Moore, Kristin
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 1998

    Adults are typically the focus of welfare policies and programs, even though children comprise a majority of public assistance recipients. In 1995, about two-thirds of those receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children each month were children. Moreover, key provisions in the most recent welfare legislation, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), have implications for children. Based on research findings from welfare-to-work program evaluations and from basic research on child development, we conclude that welfare reform can affect children in diverse ways. These effects will vary depending on state and local policies, family characteristics and risk status, patterns of maternal employment, and children’s experiences in the home and in nonmaternal care settings. (author abstract)

    Adults are typically the focus of welfare policies and programs, even though children comprise a majority of public assistance recipients. In 1995, about two-thirds of those receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children each month were children. Moreover, key provisions in the most recent welfare legislation, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), have implications for children. Based on research findings from welfare-to-work program evaluations and from basic research on child development, we conclude that welfare reform can affect children in diverse ways. These effects will vary depending on state and local policies, family characteristics and risk status, patterns of maternal employment, and children’s experiences in the home and in nonmaternal care settings. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Kramer, Fredrica D.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 1998

    This document examines strategies for promoting job retention and career advancement for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The document begins by considering the problems faced by less-skilled TANF recipients in finding, retaining, and advancing in jobs. Section 2 examines the following policy issues: (1) the aims of retention and advancement strategies; (2) the issue of whether retention and advancement strategies are separable; (3) recipients who should be targeted for services; (4) situations where services should be offered; (5) ways services should be delivered; and (6) program options (providing traditional support services; providing a broader range of services for the hard-to-place; using extended case management; mentoring; providing employer support; expanding access to good jobs; creating good jobs by filling niches; transforming job cyclers into strategic job movers; creating employer consortia; combining literacy, other basic education, and continued skills training with work; using public service employment and community work experience...

    This document examines strategies for promoting job retention and career advancement for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The document begins by considering the problems faced by less-skilled TANF recipients in finding, retaining, and advancing in jobs. Section 2 examines the following policy issues: (1) the aims of retention and advancement strategies; (2) the issue of whether retention and advancement strategies are separable; (3) recipients who should be targeted for services; (4) situations where services should be offered; (5) ways services should be delivered; and (6) program options (providing traditional support services; providing a broader range of services for the hard-to-place; using extended case management; mentoring; providing employer support; expanding access to good jobs; creating good jobs by filling niches; transforming job cyclers into strategic job movers; creating employer consortia; combining literacy, other basic education, and continued skills training with work; using public service employment and community work experience programs). Section 3 reviews the findings of research about ways of expanding employment for welfare recipients. Section 4 profiles 21 innovative programs in the following categories: supporting new workers; supporting employers; and finding market niches and targeting high-wage jobs. The bibliography lists 10 resource contacts and 44 publications. (author abstract).

    The original hyperlink to this resource has been removed by the publisher. You may obtain a single use PDF by emailing the SSRC at ssrc@opressrc.org.

  • Individual Author: U.S. Congress
    Reference Type: Statute
    Year: 1998

    This statute amended the Head Start Act, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act and the Community Services Block Grant Act. This statute also established demonstration projects that provided opportunities for persons with limited means to build their assets.

    Public Law No. 105-285 (1998). 

     

    This statute amended the Head Start Act, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act and the Community Services Block Grant Act. This statute also established demonstration projects that provided opportunities for persons with limited means to build their assets.

    Public Law No. 105-285 (1998). 

     

  • Individual Author: U.S. Congress
    Reference Type: Statute
    Year: 1998

    This statute authorized the Federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit for the period 1998-2003. It included a grants program relating to job access and reverse commutes, as well as provisions relating to welfare recipients’ involvement in highway construction job training programs.

    Public Law No. 105-178 (1998). 

     

    This statute authorized the Federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit for the period 1998-2003. It included a grants program relating to job access and reverse commutes, as well as provisions relating to welfare recipients’ involvement in highway construction job training programs.

    Public Law No. 105-178 (1998). 

     

  • Individual Author: Pennsylvania University, National Center on Fathers and Families
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 1998

    In December 1998, approximately 100 researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and other specialists in the field of fathers and families convened the Welfare Reform, Fathers, and Families roundtable to explore to potential of enabling services for low-income, noncustodial fathers in the context of welfare reform and child support enforcement. This report synthesizes the discussion of the themes of the meeting and their implications for policymaking, the directions they indicate for future research, and the lessons they impart for practice. The first section of this report describes the current and emerging issues in welfare reform, child support enforcement, and fatherhood initiatives. The second section explores the implications of the issues raised for policymaking. The third section offers new directions for research that arose from the discussion, and the fourth section describes lessons learned for practice. The report concludes with the roundtable agenda and a list of participants. (author abstract)

    In December 1998, approximately 100 researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and other specialists in the field of fathers and families convened the Welfare Reform, Fathers, and Families roundtable to explore to potential of enabling services for low-income, noncustodial fathers in the context of welfare reform and child support enforcement. This report synthesizes the discussion of the themes of the meeting and their implications for policymaking, the directions they indicate for future research, and the lessons they impart for practice. The first section of this report describes the current and emerging issues in welfare reform, child support enforcement, and fatherhood initiatives. The second section explores the implications of the issues raised for policymaking. The third section offers new directions for research that arose from the discussion, and the fourth section describes lessons learned for practice. The report concludes with the roundtable agenda and a list of participants. (author abstract)

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