OFA Webinar: Reentry and TANF: Supporting Mothers on Their Path to Independence
The Office of Family Assistance hosted a webinar on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 to explore the role Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs play in supporting mothers as they reenter their community after a period of incarceration. Reentering mothers must overcome unique and difficult barriers to ensure their well-being and reduce their chances of recidivism. In this discussion, a panel of researchers and practitioners provided an overview of the impact of incarceration on children, the needs mothers face upon their release, and various approaches that state TANF programs, Department of Corrections reentry programs, and local non-profit organizations take to support reentering mothers in addressing these needs. Presenters also highlighted success stories and lessons learned from their experience helping reentering mothers and discussed how TANF can partner with community reentry programs to help mothers succeed.
Speakers included Ann Adalist-Estrin, Director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated; Jennifer Robinson, Deputy Commissioner of Temporary Assistance, Onondaga County (New York) Department of Social Services-Economic Security; Monika Madaras, Assistant Administrator, Reach Up [TANF] Economic Services Division, Vermont Department for Children and Families; and Heather Newcomb, Women's Program Manager, Vermont Works for Women. Jessica R. Kendall, Project Director, Family Strengthening, ICF moderated the webinar.
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