Webinar / Webcast
In this November 7 webinar sponsored by the Community Action Partnership, participants will learn more about the building blocks agencies need to construct to successfully shift to a whole family approach. This webinar will specifically focus on the building block related to aligning services for parents and children together. Additionally, participants will learn how to access the outstanding resources coming from the whole family approach efforts of the Learning Community.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Regions I through IV hosted the OFA Regions I-IV East Coast TANF Directors’ Meeting, Leveraging Partnerships to Help Families Achieve Economic Stability, on July 24-26, 2018 at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts.
This blog post from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is part of the "Self-Sufficiency Series: Solutions from the Field" and highlights the Jeremiah Program, a nonprofit organization that strives to put families on the path toward self-sufficiency by using a family-centered approach with both parents and their children. Primarily funded by private donations, Jeremiah helps low-income single mothers complete their education and at the same time provides access to high-quality early childhood education for their children.
The Systems to Family Stability (SFS) National Academy was an OFA initiative that consisted of eight teams (comprised of state TANF agencies, OFA representatives, and subject matter experts) that were organized to design and build collaborative systems within and across agencies to improve family economic security. In this one of three videos that were produced as a result of this initiative, SFS National Policy Academy participants provide some guidance and tips to engage staff in change management processes as agencies prepare and implement new practices.
Reports / Testimony to Congress
This testimony from an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute was presented to the Subcommittee on Human Resources within the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives. The author critiques TANF for not sufficiently reaching children in poverty, spending limited funds outside the original policy goals, and failing to offer training and education for good jobs, among other issues.
This report, produced by the University of Maryland, examines characteristics of adults who receive Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) for children. Maryland’s TCA focuses on the economic stability of entire families by focusing both on child academic success and earning potential of caregivers. However, TCA services differ. Some families qualify for benefits for both themselves and their children, while other adults receive benefits only for children.
The Building Wealth and Health Network pilots a trauma-informed approach to peer support and financial empowerment. Network cohort members meet regularly to discuss goal setting, financial management, and other topics that foster resilience and empowerment.
This journal article from The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences outlines a plan for utilizing Head Start and career pathways services offered through a community college to create a two- generational human capital approach to serving low-income families. The article outlines policy and funding that would encourage this type of collaboration across anti-poverty programs. It highlights recent research that has shown that this model can work and produce positive outcomes as evidenced by a program in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Translated as “extended family” from Hawaiian, ‘Ohana Nui is Hawaii’s adaptation of the national two-generation philosophy. Hawaii DHS designed the ‘Ohana Nui strategy to introduce this philosophy and capitalize on the multigenerational family structure common in the state. It provides a new framework for the design and delivery of services that support improved well-being and self-sufficiency for vulnerable children and parents.
Profile / Case Study
The Office of Family Assistance’s (OFA) Systems to Family Stability National Policy Academy (Policy Academy) was an 18-month intensive technical assistance (TA) initiative in 2015–2016 for seven states and one county interested in modernizing and improving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) practice. During the initiative, sites received dedicated coaches, onsite strategic planning, access to expert consultants, and tailored written resources. Additionally, they participated in several in-person convenings, peer exchanges, and virtual training.