This edition of AdvoCasey explores how welfare reform has evolved to reconnect families to the economic mainstream. It spotlights welfare-to-work models that are helping participants find jobs, build skills and move up the career ladder. It also reviews how welfare reform impact kids and what challenges many families face when they leave the welfare rolls.
AdvoCasey is a seasonal publication with themed issues that spotlight programs and policies making measurable differences in the lives of kids and families.
Early evidence suggests that some adolescents are not faring well under welfare reform
Findings & Stats
California’s Model Move
Riverside County’s novel Phase II program offers education and training to help former welfare recipients move up the career ladder.
Of the families who left the welfare rolls between 1997 and 1999, 41% were still in poverty in 1999.
In 2000, 75.5% of single mothers across the country were employed — up 11.5% from just five years prior.
Statements & Quotations
Finding a job — the goal of work first as well as most job training programs — is just one step on what is typically a rocky journey from welfare to stable employment. To achieve long-term economic success, new workers must also be able to keep their jobs and advance in their careers.
Every parent knows that balancing work and child-rearing responsibilities is a delicate challenge. It is all the more difficult for single parents with young children living in economically fragile families.
– Douglas W. Nelson, former president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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