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. 

September 3, 2000

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why income inequality exists among American families.

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    Why employment services to families are few and far between.

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    Four approaches to providing family employment services.

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    The key elements of family-centered employment programs.

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    How refugee services can be integrated into family-centered employment strategies.

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    Why counseling services and other supports are critical to any family program.

Key Takeaway

Family help is as important as a job for beating poverty

Low-skilled jobs seekers and low-income workers need jobs as well as programs and services that help them keep their jobs and advance their careers. To succeed over time, however, they also need workforce development programs that include services to other family members, to ensure the well-being of the family as a whole. 

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