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Human Services Policy


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Early Childhood Systems Collective Impact Project: Federal Recommendations to Improve Alignment, Coordination, and Equity across Early Childhood Programs

December 13, 2022
The Early Childhood Systems Collective Impact Project (ECS Collective Impact Project) will help to re-envision a truly coordinated approach to program implementation designed to advance equitable early childhood and family well-being outcomes across federal programs that support expectant parents, children ages 0 to 8, and their families.

Loss of Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligible Status: Frequency, Contributing Factors and Implications

May 8, 2019
This paper seeks to document the frequency of Medicaid coverage loss among full-benefit dual eligible beneficiaries and identify potential causes for coverage loss. For dual eligible beneficiaries, the loss of full-benefit Medicaid coverage is of concern because most of them do not have an alternative source of health insurance for the services covered by full-benefit Medicaid.

Building the Next Generation of Child Support Policy Research

September 13, 2018
This project brought together policymakers, practitioners and evaluators in October 2017 to identify key policy research questions in the child support program.  The discussions, coupled with a series of informant interviews from 2016, led to the development of the research agenda.  It is a framework for the broader child support community to collectively answer pressing policy questions over t

A Policy to Provide Child Care Access for All Working Families: Effects on Mothers’ Employment and Caseload

January 11, 2017
This brief describes the effects of an alternative policy that would expand child care by providing subsidies for children ages three and younger in working families with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Homeless Children: Update on Research, Policy, Programs, and Opportunities

May 14, 2010
Despite the knowledge that homeless children face poor outcomes, research has largely focused on the parent(s) in a homeless family, perhaps because these children are still part of a family unit. The children themselves, however, have different and separate needs from their parent(s).

Cohabitation and Marriage Rules in State TANF Programs

August 29, 2009
This paper reports the results of a survey of state TANF rules regarding the treatment of unrelated cohabitors in households containing TANF units. The research focused primarily on identifying differences in how the eligibility of a family is treated depending on the household adult(s) relationship to the children, and, to the extent it matters, marital status.

Statutory Rape: A Guide to State Laws and Reporting Requirements

December 14, 2004
Contents Background Criminal Laws Reporting Requirements Implications for Program Staff and Policy Makers Structure of Report

Adoption Dynamics: The Impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA)

July 31, 2002
Issue Papers on Foster Care and Adoption Adoption Dynamics: The Impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act by Fred H. Wulczyn Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago August, 2002

Providing Mental Health Services to TANF Recipients: Program Design Choices and Implementation Challenges in Four States

July 31, 2001
Contents Policy Context Rationale for Providing Mental Health Services to Welfare Recipients Methodology Overview of the Study Sites Key Choices in Designing and Providing Mental Health Services