A family’s ability to support itself is greatly affected by its makeup and by the behaviors of its members. Examples include their physical and mental health and whether they struggle with substance abuse, domestic violence or other challenges. This report explores family-centered employment strategies beginning with a look at the reasons why some families live in poverty. It presents examples of successful workforce programs that integrate family services with job training and more.
Family help is as important as a job for beating poverty
Findings & Stats
Individuals, not families
Traditionally, the workforce system builds on services to individuals, not families.
Multiple funding streams
A family-focused workforce development strategy may require different sources of funding for different program elements.
Critical to any family program are its support and counseling services.
Statements & Quotations
We have the capacity to help with the long-term development of a family, because our connection to every family member at various stages of their lives allows us to have an emotional, educational and strength-enhancing impact on the next generation.
– Melissa Aase, Director, Community JOBS Network
One of our main findings is that many programs consider themselves to be “family” employment programs because they help their individual participants, usually single mothers with children, overcome family barriers to employment. But only a small number of programs are taking the next step: intentionally enrolling more than one family member in their employment programs.
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