Demonstrating the urgent need for broad national action and collaboration between private and public leaders in our communities, The White House Council for Community Solutions released an analysis showing that in 2011 alone, taxpayers shouldered more than $93 billion to compensate for lost taxes and direct costs to support the young people disconnected from jobs and school. At least one in six young adults is disconnected from education and work, according to this report. Projections show that over the lifetime of these young people, taxpayers will assume a $1.6 trillion burden to meet the…
This publication features a list of questions that those considering marriage should think about before getting married. Couples can consider these questions alone or together.
The first webinar in the 2012-2013 IRP series, The Implications of Complex Families for Poverty and Child Support Policy, was presented by two national experts in the field, Maria Cancian and Daniel R. Meyer. We often think of families with children as including a mother, father, and their children in common. However, about 40 percent of children are now born to unmarried parents, and estimates suggest that more often than not, one or both of these parents will go on to have children with other partners--that is, the mother will go on to have a child with a different father and/or the father…
This handbook offers some keys to successful coparenting relationships. It also offers strategies to raise a child as a team, whether the parents are romantically together or not. This guide will help coparents to learn to communicate, handle differences, manage anger, develop a written partners-in-parenting agreement, handle money wisely, learn what it takes to have a good, long lasting couple relationship or marriage and handle the tough issues that can break couples apart.
This fact sheet suggests strategies for parents to teach their children about money management and how to be in control of their finances. Tips include modeling smart money decisions and how to guide children to also make smart money decisions. This publication also offers different options for how to teach children to manage their money well.Note: PDF version available.
Healthy marriage and relationship education encompasses a broad array of educational services designed to help adults and children experience healthy relationships. Most healthy marriage and relationship education programs focus on enhancing relationship skills such as communication, conflict resolution, and financial management. This fact sheet provides information about how safety-net service providers can provide healthy marriage and relationship education services in an effort to promote safety, stability, and self-sufficiency for families. (Author abstract)
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This paper uses national longitudinal data and several new empirical strategies to examine the consequences of teenage fatherhood. The key contribution is to compare economic outcomes of young fathers to young men whose partners experienced a miscarriage rather than a live birth. The results suggest that teenage fatherhood decreases years of schooling and the likelihood of receiving a high school diploma and increases general educational development receipt. Teenage fatherhood also appears to increase early marriage and cohabitation, and has mixed short-term effects on several labor market…
This tip sheet highlights some of the mechanisms that low- and moderate-income couples can use to build assets and begin the journey to becoming debt free. (Author abstract)
This tip sheet is meant to increase awareness of the complex challenges faced by homeless individuals, couples, and families, as well as to offer tips for safety-net service providers who are working to help them achieve self-sufficiency. (Author abstract)
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This study examines how child support arrears affect fathers' labor force participation. It relies on longitudinal data from the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study. Findings from analyses of these data suggest that child support arrears result in declines in average weeks worked in the formal labor market in subsequent time periods. These findings are driven by the behaviors of fathers who had relatively high amounts of arrears and no income in the previous year and are mostly robust to tests for selection into no work or low levels of work by fathers. Findings also suggest that…