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August 17, 2016
OFA PeerTA Weekly Newsletter
In This Issue
Webinar: Successful Collaborations between Child Support and TANF Programs
Webinar Today: Child Support Awareness Month: A Look at How Child Support is Evolving
Federal Commitment to End Family Homelessness
Webinar: Reducing Poverty and Increasing Opportunity
Kentucky Community and Technical College System Technical Assistance Request
Webinar Materials: Rural Development after the Great Recession
WIOA Fact Sheet: The Big Picture
Study of Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services
Webinar Materials: The Value of Apprenticeship Data
Trends in Child Care Spending from CCDF and TANF
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Webinar: Successful Collaborations between Child Support and TANF Programs, August 23, 2016
Child Support and TANF programs work with many of the same clients and others, including noncustodial parents, who face similar and overlapping needs. Such needs may include increasing employment skills; removing barriers to employment; and addressing non-compliance with, or ability to pay, child support orders. There are a variety of ways these programs can work together to best support the families they serve. In this webinar, state programs will share processes for establishing and maintaining effective collaborations with key partners, enhanced services to incentivize participation and completion, recruitment and retention strategies, and other lessons learned. The webinar is scheduled for August 23, 2016, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET.
Webinar Today: Child Support Awareness Month: A Look at How Child Support is Evolving, August 17, 2016
In recognition that August is Child Support Awareness month, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), through the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, is providing this technical assistance webinar for responsible fatherhood practitioners, current OFA grantees, and other interested stakeholders. The webinar will look at ways in which child support programs are moving away from "welfare cost recovery" models to "family centered practices" that emphasize accurate child support orders based on actual income, family distribution, debt prevention, and services to help noncustodial parents who need help obtaining steady employment. The webinar is scheduled from 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET on August 17, 2016.
The Federal Commitment to End Family Homelessness, July 2016
Mark Greenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), moderated a panel discussion at the National Alliance to End Homelessness National Conference on July 26, 2016. In his opening remarks, Mr. Greenberg highlighted the work of ACF and HHS to address and end homelessness in the United States, explained how the President’s Budget Proposal addresses homelessness, and provided an overview of interagency work on homelessness.
Webinar: Reducing Poverty and Increasing Opportunity: Envisioning the Next 20 Years, September 13, 2016
The Urban Institute, in collaboration with the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics, is bringing together experts with various backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to share their views and consider the evidence on successful strategies for reducing poverty and increasing opportunity. The event will be held virtually and in person on September 13, 2016 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET.
Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Technical Assistance Request: Mobility Mentoring Essentials Training, June 2015
Kentucky has been providing education-focused and work participation-driven case management to the TANF population since 1998. The TA Requestor, Ms. Shauna King-Simms, Director of Transitional Education Programs at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) heard a description of Crittenton Women’s Union’s (CWU’s) Mobility Mentoring® Model and was interested in integrating components of it into Kentucky’s program. Kentucky conducts similar case management activities with its Ready to Work and Work and Learn programs, but was interested in enhancing the current practices using this model. CWU is an economic mobility organization and the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families in the greater Boston area. The organization provides job readiness training, parenting programs, and adult education. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services requested TA to support the integration of components of CWU’s Mobility Mentoring® Model for case management. The Final Summary Report provides information on how the OFA PeerTA team supported the response to this request.
Webinar Materials Available: Rural Development after the Great Recession, July 2016
In this webinar from the Institute for Research on Poverty, the presenters examined population and employment trends in the rural United States and considered state and federal USDA initiatives to help recovering rural economies and households. The webinar was held on July 13, 2016.
WIOA Fact Sheet: The Big Picture, June 2016
This fact sheet from the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services gives a brief overview of what the WIOA Final Rules mean at a very high level for workers and job seekers, employers, communities, and government.
Study of Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services: Final Report, June 2016
This report from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation describes the implementation of service coordination across 14 tribal organizations’ Tribal TANF programs and child welfare services. Overall, the tribes and tribal organizations effectively coordinated culturally relevant services across Tribal TANF and child welfare programs.
Webinar Materials Available: The Value of Apprenticeship Data, May 2016
The National Skills Coalition and the Workforce Data Quality Campaign hosted this webinar on May 26, 2016. It provided an overview of apprenticeships in the United States and the current state of apprenticeship data. The webinar also showcased how North Carolina is using this information to advance its research, and empower its workers and employers.
Trends in Child Care Spending from CCDF and TANF, June 2016
The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the main source of federal funding providing child care subsidies for low-income, working families. This report from the Congressional Research Service reviews the legislative history behind the different CCDF funding streams. It also emphasizes the importance of federal- and state-level decisions in setting spending levels and establishing basic program rules.
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