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  • Individual Author: Bruce, Donald; Thacker, Angela; Shone, Bryan; Ullrich, Laura
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2006

    While U.S. welfare programs have traditionally targeted single-parent households, the “child-only” caseload is large and growing. The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County’s Office of Metropolitan Social Services contracted with the University of Tennessee’s Center for Business and Economic Research to conduct a study of this important but often-overlooked segment of the welfare caseload. MSS desires to learn more about child-only cases with non-parent caretakers in Davidson County, such that a menu of enhanced services can be developed for the broader population of kinship caregivers. Non-parental child-only cases involve situations in which children reside with family members other than their own parents or non-related legal guardians, most often grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, or uncles. These cases, which comprise about 60 percent of Tennessee’s child-only caseload, are likely to have different needs than typical Families First assistance groups.

    Our study presents the first detailed statistical portrait of the current non-parent child-only...

    While U.S. welfare programs have traditionally targeted single-parent households, the “child-only” caseload is large and growing. The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County’s Office of Metropolitan Social Services contracted with the University of Tennessee’s Center for Business and Economic Research to conduct a study of this important but often-overlooked segment of the welfare caseload. MSS desires to learn more about child-only cases with non-parent caretakers in Davidson County, such that a menu of enhanced services can be developed for the broader population of kinship caregivers. Non-parental child-only cases involve situations in which children reside with family members other than their own parents or non-related legal guardians, most often grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, or uncles. These cases, which comprise about 60 percent of Tennessee’s child-only caseload, are likely to have different needs than typical Families First assistance groups.

    Our study presents the first detailed statistical portrait of the current non-parent child-only caseload in Davidson County. We supplement administrative data from monthly Families First records with a detailed survey of non-parent caretakers of child-only cases in Davidson County. Of the 10,277 child-only cases with non-parent caretakers in the state of Tennessee, 1,285 resided in Davidson County and 617 were surveyed for this report.

    We find that non-parent caretakers of child-only cases in Davidson County are quite different from statewide averages in several important ways. They are less likely to be married and less likely to be grandparents of the eligible children. They are younger, more likely to be Black, and less likely to be disabled or to receive SSI than state averages. They received slightly more in Food Stamps and other unearned income. They are less likely to own a vehicle and more likely to rent than own their current housing. They also face higher monthly payments for mortgages, property taxes, and utility bills. Results indicate that non-parent caretakers of child-only cases are generally better off than caretakers of non-child-only cases. That said, a significant percentage of our Davidson County survey sample report having one or more difficulties. The areas for the most immediate and cost-effective impact appear to be information and referral, case management, education, and training.

    (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Mohr, Jennifer; Zygmunt, Eva; Clark, Patricia
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2012

    A case study approach was employed to investigate low-income families’ aspirations for their children and their understandings of their children’s developmental needs. Participants were four women whose children or grandchildren were enrolled in an urban early childhood program and were considered “at risk.” Qualitative methods including interviews, observations, and analysis of artifacts were used. Results indicated that the participants’ aspirations for their children included going to college, as has been shown in other studies to be characteristic of middle-class families. Results also suggested that the participants were insightful about child development, young children’s learning, and the needs of young children. Analysis indicated that participants understood the importance of a shared role between families and teachers in their children’s development, and they wanted to work with their children’s teachers in that manner. The participants expected early childhood programs to not only prepare young children for school but to prepare them to negotiate successfully social...

    A case study approach was employed to investigate low-income families’ aspirations for their children and their understandings of their children’s developmental needs. Participants were four women whose children or grandchildren were enrolled in an urban early childhood program and were considered “at risk.” Qualitative methods including interviews, observations, and analysis of artifacts were used. Results indicated that the participants’ aspirations for their children included going to college, as has been shown in other studies to be characteristic of middle-class families. Results also suggested that the participants were insightful about child development, young children’s learning, and the needs of young children. Analysis indicated that participants understood the importance of a shared role between families and teachers in their children’s development, and they wanted to work with their children’s teachers in that manner. The participants expected early childhood programs to not only prepare young children for school but to prepare them to negotiate successfully social interactions with both children and adults. Implications for teachers, administrators, and teacher education programs are discussed. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Hegar, Rebecca L.; Scannapieco, Maria
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2000

    This article discusses a welfare reform project conducted in the state of Washington.  This five year longitudinal study tracked the market interest of women on welfare during this time.  For the most part, the project was unsuccessful in moving the majority of these women into the labor market.  This article explores an underlying cause and possible explanation for the choices made by these women. (author abstract)

    This article discusses a welfare reform project conducted in the state of Washington.  This five year longitudinal study tracked the market interest of women on welfare during this time.  For the most part, the project was unsuccessful in moving the majority of these women into the labor market.  This article explores an underlying cause and possible explanation for the choices made by these women. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Jantz, Amy; Geen, Rob; Bess, Roseana; Scarcella, Cynthia A.; Russell, Victoria
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2002

    This paper reports the findings of a 2001 survey of state kinship foster care policies. The survey, a follow-up to surveys the Urban Institute conducted in 1997 and 1999, sought to assess changes in states kinship foster care policies since the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule to guide state implementation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) in January 2000. A follow-up survey was necessary as kinship foster care policy is continually evolving at both the federal and state level, potentially affecting millions of foster children who are in the care of kin. (author abstract)

    This paper reports the findings of a 2001 survey of state kinship foster care policies. The survey, a follow-up to surveys the Urban Institute conducted in 1997 and 1999, sought to assess changes in states kinship foster care policies since the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule to guide state implementation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) in January 2000. A follow-up survey was necessary as kinship foster care policy is continually evolving at both the federal and state level, potentially affecting millions of foster children who are in the care of kin. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Macomber, Jennifer Ehrle; Geen, Rob; Clark, Rebecca L.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2001

    This brief documents the numbers of children living in different types of kinship environments, some characteristics of these environments, and the services these children receive. Findings are based on data from the 1997 National Survey of America’s Families (NSAF), a nationally representative survey of households with persons under the age of 65. It includes measures of the economic, health, and social characteristics of more than 44,000 households. This analysis uses information from the sample of children under age 18. Information was obtained from the most knowledgeable adult in the household, the parent or caretaker most knowledgeable about the child’s education and health care. This paper refers to these knowledgeable adults as "caregivers." (author abstract)

    This brief documents the numbers of children living in different types of kinship environments, some characteristics of these environments, and the services these children receive. Findings are based on data from the 1997 National Survey of America’s Families (NSAF), a nationally representative survey of households with persons under the age of 65. It includes measures of the economic, health, and social characteristics of more than 44,000 households. This analysis uses information from the sample of children under age 18. Information was obtained from the most knowledgeable adult in the household, the parent or caretaker most knowledgeable about the child’s education and health care. This paper refers to these knowledgeable adults as "caregivers." (author abstract)

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