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  • Individual Author: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and the Workforce
    Year: 2002

    This Congressional report contains the testimony and documents presented for the record of the first of two hearings to gather testimony on the effects of welfare reform and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. The oral and written testimony focuses on TANF legislation's outcomes and impact on work and families in preparation for reauthorization of the 1996 legislation. The oral statements of the following individuals are presented: Howard "Buck" McKeon and Patsy T. Mink, Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives; Ron Haskins, senior fellow, The Brookings Institute; Robert Rector, senior research fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Joel Potts, TANF policy administrator, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services; Heather Bushey, economist, Economic Policy Institute; and Sanford Schram, Graduate School of Social Work and Research, Bryn Mawr College. The report's 11 appendixes contain the written statements submitted by the seven individuals providing oral testimony as well as the...

    This Congressional report contains the testimony and documents presented for the record of the first of two hearings to gather testimony on the effects of welfare reform and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. The oral and written testimony focuses on TANF legislation's outcomes and impact on work and families in preparation for reauthorization of the 1996 legislation. The oral statements of the following individuals are presented: Howard "Buck" McKeon and Patsy T. Mink, Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives; Ron Haskins, senior fellow, The Brookings Institute; Robert Rector, senior research fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Joel Potts, TANF policy administrator, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services; Heather Bushey, economist, Economic Policy Institute; and Sanford Schram, Graduate School of Social Work and Research, Bryn Mawr College. The report's 11 appendixes contain the written statements submitted by the seven individuals providing oral testimony as well as the following items: response by Ron Haskins to Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon and Patsy T. Mink; written testimony submitted by Network: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby; written testimony submitted by the Chicago Jobs Council; and written testimony submitted by The Center for Women Policy Studies. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Solomon-Fears, Carmen
    Year: 2014

    In 2012, 25% of families with children (under age 18) were maintained by mothers. According to some estimates, about 60% of children born during the 1990s spent a significant portion of their childhood in a home without their father. Research indicates that children raised in single-parent families are more likely than children raised in two-parent families (with both biological parents) to do poorly in school, have emotional and behavioral problems, become teenage parents, and have poverty-level incomes. In hopes of improving the long-term outlook for children in single-parent families, federal, state, and local governments, along with public and private organizations, are supporting programs and activities that promote the financial and personal responsibility of noncustodial fathers to their children and increase the participation of fathers in the lives of their children. These programs have come to be known as “responsible fatherhood” programs. (author abstract)

    In 2012, 25% of families with children (under age 18) were maintained by mothers. According to some estimates, about 60% of children born during the 1990s spent a significant portion of their childhood in a home without their father. Research indicates that children raised in single-parent families are more likely than children raised in two-parent families (with both biological parents) to do poorly in school, have emotional and behavioral problems, become teenage parents, and have poverty-level incomes. In hopes of improving the long-term outlook for children in single-parent families, federal, state, and local governments, along with public and private organizations, are supporting programs and activities that promote the financial and personal responsibility of noncustodial fathers to their children and increase the participation of fathers in the lives of their children. These programs have come to be known as “responsible fatherhood” programs. (author abstract)

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