The Casey Foundation believes that building more promising futures for vulnerable rural children begins with improving the present circumstances of their parents. This overview describes a strategic framework that can help rural families find decent paying jobs, strong community connections and helpful financial services.
Casey's Rural Family Economic Success approach is a framework for connecting or augmenting existing efforts.
Findings & Stats
Children do well when families do well and families do better when they live in supportive communities.
Isolation in rural America can keep even resourceful families struggling to meet basic needs.
The most critical connection for families is the connection to economic opportunity.
Family economic success means meeting basic needs while saving for the future and acquiring assets.
New Job Training
Rural families and youth need workforce retraining as they see traditional jobs waning (timber, mining, farming).
Financial literacy can equip families to make good financial choices.
Statements & Quotations
Putting families at the center means asking how existing or proposed strategies will benefit low income working families.
Rural Family Economic Success (RuFES) is less a new idea or ethodology than it is a lens for focusing and a framework for connecting or augmenting existing efforts in order to achieve better results—by moving families to the center.
Despite working harder and longer, far too many low-income parents in rural communities still find severe obstacles in their path toward financial stability and economic success.
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