Title

How Well Are They Faring?: AFDC Families With Preschool-Aged Children In Atlanta At The Outset Of The JOBS Evaluation

Document Type

Paper

Publication Date

1-1-1995

Published In

How Well Are They Faring?: AFDC Families With Preschool-Aged Children In Atlanta At The Outset Of The JOBS Evaluation

Abstract

The centerpiece of the 1988 Family Support Act (FSA) is the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS) Program, which requires eligible recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) to participate in educational, job training and work experience, or job search activities, in order to reduce welfare dependency and promote self-sufficiency. Although most services offered through JOBS are aimed at meeting the needs of adults, there are numerous reasons to expect that JOBS may also affect children in families that receive AFDC. The purposes of this report are to describe the lives and circumstances of this sample of AFDC families with preschool-aged children in Fulton County, Georgia and to inform policymakers about the mothers' goals and the development of their children. In addition, the study provides a context within which we will examine later impacts of the JOBS program on children.

Keywords

welfare reform, work security, income security, families with children, barriers to employment, case management, program evaluation

Published By

MDRC