Agency adoption : Adoptions in which agencies work with both prospective adoptive and birth families, and often facilitate matches between them. Adoption agencies may be licensed (adhering to licensing and approval standards established by the state), or unlicensed. Adoption : A process that establishes a legal parent-child relationship betwee
Understanding how to provide better care for individuals with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) is a priority for the Department of Health and Human Services. Persons with MCC represent almost one-third of the U.S. population and account for two-thirds of health care spending, yet most research on chronic conditions focuses on single diseases. In
Getting married and starting a family are life events that many individuals strive for. Research has shown the positive financial benefits in terms of wages and accumulation of wealth for couples who are married and stay married. 12 If something serious happens such as unemployment or health problems, having a spouse can help one to get through t
This section discusses three financial and three relationship issues that are important to success in finances and in love. From a financial perspective, knowledge of the types of credit, joint vs. separate accounts, and credit scores will help couples build credit together. In turn, financial missteps can be avoided by understanding how to handle
Many Americans frequently see or hear about how credit can increase family funds or solve money problems, whether by opening a new credit card through an application received in the mail or in advertisements about how people who have credit troubles can access new lines of credit. While talking about credit has become an everyday phenomenon in the
Changes in the housing and credit markets during the past year have led to increased recognition that developing comprehensive family-based money and credit strategies is critical in the short-term to weather financial storms, but also for long-term financial health of the children. Financial stability strongly interacts with family relationships.
This is the second of two briefs that examine the interplay between education and skills-building programming for lower income individuals and families in the areas of marriage and relationships, financial literacy, and asset development. It explores how communication, marriage and divorce, money management, credit and debt, children and child s
Joining expertise through collaboration can sometimes be as simple as getting family and financial practitioners together to come up with a top-10 list that communicates the joint message about healthy families and finances (Figure 6.) For example, programs can choose healthy financial practices that are relevant to the population they serve or ad
Financial and marriage educators share the following goals for their participants in their work with couples and families, but have different tools at their disposal for attaining these goals (see Figure 5).
Foundations for Strong Families 101. Making the Case: Common Ground between the Marriage and Financial Fields
Research suggests that those that have healthy and stable relationships are more likely to have healthy stable finances and vice versa. Stability in one area seems to reinforce stability in the other, and familial and financial stability share a common foundation.
While financial education is focused on knowledge and skill development, asset building goes further, seeking to build wealth for low-income and economically vulnerable individuals and families. While these two areas can and do intersect, as with asset building programs that include financial education requirements, they are separate fields.
Financial education programs seek to equip individuals with the information, knowledge, and skills to manage their household finances and navigate the financial services marketplace. Financial literacy skills taught in these programs include money management, goal setting, budgeting, and retirement planning. Investment and savings, bank products a
Marriage and family-strengthening programs seek to develop participants’ relationship skills (e.g. communication, problem solving) in order to develop and sustain healthy relationships, marriages and families.
Marriage Education, Financial Literacy, and Asset Development Roundtable Meeting Summary. Foundations for Strong Families: Stable Relationships and Families 201
The second brief in the series builds on the complementary features of marriage education and financial education presented in the previous brief. Entitled, “Foundations for Strong Couples: Healthy Relationships and Financial Stability 201,” the brief highlights a specific topic on which the marriage education and financial education fields ca
Marriage Education, Financial Literacy, and Asset Development Roundtable Meeting Summary. Foundations for Strong Families: Stable Relationships and Families 101
In the first brief in a series of two, the focus is on the building blocks or skills that are taught by both marriage and financial educators to help low-income families move toward stability. Opportunities are highlighted for beginning conversations between the marriage and family-strengthening initiatives and the financial literacy and asset-bui
Marriage Education, Financial Literacy, and Asset Development Roundtable Meeting Summary. Collaborations in the Field
Federal Efforts to Encourage Collaboration: Building Assets, Building Stronger Families
Marriage Education, Financial Literacy, and Asset Development Roundtable Meeting Summary. Laying the Ground Work for Collaboration
Participants’ Suggestions for Collaborative Work with Couples and Families:
Marriage Education, Financial Literacy, and Asset Development Roundtable Meeting Summary. Participants’ Experiences and Perspectives
The roundtable began with a discussion of participants’ experiences researching and working with individuals, families, and couples. Attendees varied in their experience working with marriage education, financial education, and asset building. Their perspectives ranged from experience with research, to program development, implementation, and/or
Assessing the Need for a National Disability Survey: Final Report. C. Facilitate Increased Use of Administrative Data
As discussed in Chapter II , administrative data sources are extensively used by federal and state agencies and, when linked with survey data, add a longitudinal perspective to cross-sectional data. Administrative data also provide more accurate and detailed information about program participation and service use than can be collected via survey.
This is the final report of a project that assesses the need for developing and fielding another national disability survey data collection effort. It presents the findings from three principal project activities designed to assess whether existing data are sufficient to answer key disability-related research questions identified by the staffs of