Systems to Family Stability National Policy Academy

Assessment

These resources relate to the use of assessments to understand client needs, strengths, and barriers in order to deliver appropriate services and effective case management.

Webinar / Webcast

For long-term employment and career advancement, it is important that clients are placed in jobs that align with their education, experience, interests, and skills, as well as local labor market information (LMI). Workers can utilize assessment data and labor market information (LMI) to help clients make informed decisions about their career aspirations, including potential earnings, projected number of job openings, and entry level education needed.

The Online Work Readiness...

Report
While youth involved in Child Welfare or Runaway and Homeless Youth systems are at high risk of being trafficked, there has been no consensus screening tool available for providers to use to identify victims of human trafficking. This Urban Institute report describes the pretesting of a Human Trafficking Screening Tool (HTST) for 617 youth involved in the child welfare or runaway and homeless youth systems in New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. The HTST took about two minutes to administer, and the...
Toolkit
The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the LEAD Center published training materials to help create a Customized Employment program for individuals with disabilities. These trainings use a Guided Group Discovery approach, which helps jobseekers find employment that would matches both their skills and interests and an employer’s needs. The materials available include a facilitator manual, a PowerPoint introduction and course, and a participant workbook.

Case Management and Coaching

These resources provide information on effective case management and coaching practices.

Research-To-Practice Brief
Many TANF program recipients have been exposed to trauma in the form of violence and adversity in the family and community setting. TANF participants often have work-limiting health issues linked to expose to trauma, and those issues can provide physical barriers to employment by limiting work prospects and income. This research brief by Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities outlines the Building Wealth and Health Network program that combines financial empowerment, trauma-...
Report
On August 17, 2017, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) sponsored a technical assistance site exchange for Ramsey County (Minnesota) Workforce Solutions to meet with staff from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation’s (DLLR) Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, and Maryland Department of Human Services’ Office of Workforce Development to discuss service delivery methods. During the site exchange, Ramsey County shared materials that reflect their approach...
Podcast

In this three-part video podcast series, Paul Rada from the Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health unit in Kansas City, Missouri presents information and strategies for TANF programs to better serve participants experiencing toxic stress. This resource is intended to aid TANF program administrators and staff in: 

  • Understanding the concepts of toxic stress and trauma‐informed care (TIC)
  • Distinguishing between toxic stress, trauma, PTSD, and specific related interventions...

Executive Functioning

These resources define principles of executive functioning and provide information on how to use these principles to enhance client services.

Research-To-Practice Brief
Many TANF program recipients have been exposed to trauma in the form of violence and adversity in the family and community setting. TANF participants often have work-limiting health issues linked to expose to trauma, and those issues can provide physical barriers to employment by limiting work prospects and income. This research brief by Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities outlines the Building Wealth and Health Network program that combines financial empowerment, trauma-...
Report
On August 17, 2017, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) sponsored a technical assistance site exchange for Ramsey County (Minnesota) Workforce Solutions to meet with staff from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation’s (DLLR) Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, and Maryland Department of Human Services’ Office of Workforce Development to discuss service delivery methods. During the site exchange, Ramsey County shared materials that reflect their approach...
Podcast

In this three-part video podcast series, Paul Rada from the Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health unit in Kansas City, Missouri presents information and strategies for TANF programs to better serve participants experiencing toxic stress. This resource is intended to aid TANF program administrators and staff in: 

  • Understanding the concepts of toxic stress and trauma‐informed care (TIC)
  • Distinguishing between toxic stress, trauma, PTSD, and specific related interventions...

Program Redesign

These resources provide research, tools, and examples to help programs as they engage in redesign efforts.

Report
This blog post from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families describes a new report commissioned by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the American Public Human Services Association entitled “Our North Star: Transforming Human Services through Strategic Partnerships with Communities.” The report shares ACF’s vision for strengthening human services by uniting with community-based organizations and other partners, aligning...
Report
On August 17, 2017, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) sponsored a technical assistance site exchange for Ramsey County (Minnesota) Workforce Solutions to meet with staff from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation’s (DLLR) Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, and Maryland Department of Human Services’ Office of Workforce Development to discuss service delivery methods. During the site exchange, Ramsey County shared materials that reflect their approach...
Webinar / Webcast

A virtual roundtable was held on November 30, 2017 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. EST, co-presented by the Office of Family Assistance, the Office of Child Support Enforcement, and the Family and Youth Services Bureau. Via plenaries and breakout sessions, the roundtable  defined family violence, explained good cause, and highlighted examples of excellence across the nation.

The Opening Plenary Session was titled, "Family Violence and Accessing and Applying for Public Benefits and Work Supports:...

TANF and WIOA Coordination

These resources identify strategies and benefits for building collaborations between TANF agencies and workforce agencies through the opportunities created by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).

Peer TA Products (miscellaneous)

The TANF/WIOA Learning Community is an initiative sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. Developed in response to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which offers an opportunity for significant and improved collaboration between workforce agencies and partners such as TANF, the community brings together seven teams from states across the country to explore strategies for successful integration of TANF and...

Report
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first federal legislative reform of the public workforce system in over 16 years. It presents unique opportunities to increase the economic opportunities and stability of disadvantaged jobseekers. The state of Maryland became one of only 29 states and 2 territories that opted to develop a Combined State Plan which aligns its workforce and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs across the state, requiring its 12 Local...
Policy Announcement / Memoranda

ETA is excited to announce the launch of a national cohort of states focusing on partnership of WIOA Titles 1 & 3, TANF Employment & Training and SNAP Employment & Training agencies and programs. This is a prestigious opportunity to work with your peers from across the country in an organized setting to tackle the challenges faced by states in leveraging funding and resources and integrating services—and explore models to develop an action plan to help advance your goals. Both...

Toxic Stress

These resources define toxic stress, provide information on how to adapt programs to meet these needs of those affected by toxic stress, and offer strategies for preventing toxic stress in children.

Research-To-Practice Brief
Many TANF program recipients have been exposed to trauma in the form of violence and adversity in the family and community setting. TANF participants often have work-limiting health issues linked to expose to trauma, and those issues can provide physical barriers to employment by limiting work prospects and income. This research brief by Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities outlines the Building Wealth and Health Network program that combines financial empowerment, trauma-...
Podcast

In this three-part video podcast series, Paul Rada from the Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health unit in Kansas City, Missouri presents information and strategies for TANF programs to better serve participants experiencing toxic stress. This resource is intended to aid TANF program administrators and staff in: 

  • Understanding the concepts of toxic stress and trauma‐informed care (TIC)
  • Distinguishing between toxic stress, trauma, PTSD, and specific related interventions...
Infographic
This report from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University highlights three principles that, in light of recent advances in the science of brain development of children, can guide policy change that most supports healthy brain development. The three evidence-based principles include supporting responsive relationships for children and adults, strengthening core life skills, and reducing sources of stress in the lives of children and families. Policymakers can use these...

Two-Generation Approaches

These resources provide strategies for developing programs that address the needs of multiple generations and offer promising strategies being used throughout the United States.

Research-To-Practice Brief
Many TANF program recipients have been exposed to trauma in the form of violence and adversity in the family and community setting. TANF participants often have work-limiting health issues linked to expose to trauma, and those issues can provide physical barriers to employment by limiting work prospects and income. This research brief by Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities outlines the Building Wealth and Health Network program that combines financial empowerment, trauma-...
Stakeholder Resource
Toyota Family Trails is a web site that was developed by a partnership between Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning. It encourages families to learn together and parents to be their child’s first teacher. Families share their outdoor adventures and life lessons through pictures and blog style stories. The site also provides resources and activities designed to encourage parents and children to go outside to learn and explore together.
Report
This report provides an overview of the implementation of a cross-agency federal initiative led by the White House Rural Council called Rural IMPACT. The demonstration initiative aimed to address rural child poverty and improve mobility of families in rural and tribal communities through increased service delivery coordination. Drawing from other place-based initiatives, the demonstration focused on providing intensive technical assistance to ten sites chosen through a competitive process. Each...