This webpage begins by explaining the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant provides a temporary safety net to poor families and has decreased its reach since its implementation in 1996. It notes in 2015, for every 100 families in poverty, only 23 received cash assistance from TANF, down from 68 families when TANF was first enacted. It states this “TANF-to-Poverty ratio” (TPR) reached its lowest point in 2014 and remained there in 2015. Links to State fact sheets are then provided that include information on a specific State’s TPR from 1995/96 to 2014/15, the number of…
These resources from Break the Cycle are designed to help educators and parents guide conversations with children and youth in grades K-12 about healthy relationships. There are also complementary resources for students around these topics.
This policy guidance from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) describes some of the unmet challenges that system-involved youth and their families may face, and explores the potential impact of their engagement on the outcomes for youth at all points in the juvenile justice system. The guidance also describes OJJDP’s commitment to strengthening partnerships to effectively engage youth and their families and offers focus areas for states, tribes, and communities. (Author abstract modified)
This toolkit from the U.S. Department of Education and Ascend at the Aspen Institute is intended to support Federal, State, and local program directors, policy experts, program specialists, research analysts, training and technical assistance staff, grants and budget analysts and other staff in how to embed a 2Gen approach in new funding opportunities; reviewing applications; designing programs, initiatives and priorities; developing policy guidance; and designing both internal professional development as well as providing technical assistance to grantees. (Author abstract modified)
In fiscal year (FY) 2011, the Children's Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funded a group of demonstration grants to test the effectiveness of Family Group Decision-Making (FGDM) and how to best implement it. These projects used FGDM meetings and other teaming approaches as a means of family engagement and capacity building to strengthen protective factors and reduce risk factors for child maltreatment. Each project conducted its own evaluation and submitted a final report, and all grantees participated in a…
Men are often reluctant to seek medical care unless they are very sick, and they are twice as likely as women to report that they have no usual source of health care, despite health statistics showing that men's life expectancy is shorter than women's and men of color are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease (Centers for Disease Control Prevention; Center for Health Statistics). Recent research indicates that more than six million men in the United States have depression in a given year and at least 10 percent of fathers…
The National Center for Family & Marriage Research’s Family profiles are original reports summarizing and analyzing nationally representative data with the goal to provide the latest analysis of U.S. families. This Profile looks at variation in birth spacing by family context.
This infographic looks at what adverse child experiences (ACEs) are, who participated in the initial ACE study, and the effects on individuals and society. Part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's VetoViolence violence prevention initiative.
Capacity for this tool refers to the information, skills, resources, abilities, and supports needed to develop, evaluate, and sustain a public health approach to prevent teen dating violence. Dating Matters Capacity Assessment and Planning Tool (DM-CAPT) is a free online tool that allows comprehensive teen dating prevention initiatives to assess their capacity to implement comprehensive teen dating violence prevention programs by surveying stakeholders. The insights learned from using this tool will assist teen dating violence prevention initiatives in identifying strengths and areas for…
A core American ideal is that all children should have a clear pathway to thrive and prosper as adults. Yet, children in poverty—particularly children who are persistently poor—face steep obstacles on their path to economic success. More than 1 in 10 US children grow up in persistently poor families— spending at least half their childhood living in poverty. These children are significantly less likely to succeed economically as adults than their nonpoor and less-poor counterparts. And the economic effects go beyond those borne by these children; child poverty costs the United States billions…