Performance Improvement 2005. Implementing Programs to Strengthen Unwed Parents’ Relationships: Lessons From Family Connections in Alabama


This project identified and examined a variety of programs serving low-income, unwed parents, including programs that provided relationship and marriage focused services. The contract produced case study reports documenting examples of lessons that could be learned from operational programs with a focus on strengthening relationships and marriage which in turn could be useful for the “Building Strong Families” project. The report presents lessons learned from the “Family Connections in Alabama” project that was funded through a federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Special Improvement Project grant. This report contains descriptive information from observations and interviews. Researchers identified eight “implications” from the case study for the “Building Strong Families” project, which may also be useful to other projects and activities in which healthy marriage is a key focus. Major lessons learned included the importance of staff training, the extent of the receptivity of unwed parents for such programs, the importance of the use of male and female staff, and the role that such programs can play in identifying and providing assistance to victims of domestic violence.

PIC ID: 8055; Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation; Federal Contact: Campbell, Nancye, 202-401-5760; Performer: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Washington, DC

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