Barriers to Self-Sufficiency and Avenues to Success Among Teenage Mothers. Lessons Learned


The need for strategies to reduce welfare dependence is increasingly urgent, as governments at all levels face mounting budget deficits and rising welfare costs.  This in-depth assessment of barriers to self-sufficiency and avenues to success among demonstration participants, combined with our implementation and process analysis of the demonstration, suggests several lessons regarding effective policies for addressing the problems associated with teenage mothers on welfare, as well as some lessons regarding the design and operation of programs servicing welfare dependent teenage parents.