Relative Strength

A Report on the Family's Place in Workforce Development Initiatives

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Public/Private Ventures

September 3, 2000

Summary

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. 

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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. 

Findings & Stats

Single-parent households

The struggle of low-income families to make ends meet has been made more difficult by the rise in single-parent households.

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