Given relatively limited information about the children and adults in child-only cases, the purpose of this review is to present the major findings of studies on characteristics of children and caregivers in child-only cases. This report is divided into three parts. We begin with a discussion of the historical and legislative forces impacting child-only cases. An understanding of the characteristics and circumstances of child-only cases resides within the context of the legislation and policies sustaining child-only cases. This discussion is followed by the methodology and search strategy used to identify relevant literature. The next section presents findings from the major national, state, and county studies. Finally, the remaining section of the report is devoted to a discussion of the implications of the study findings for child welfare and welfare-to-work services, especially innovative initiatives and programs that address the needs of child-only cases.
Children and caregivers in TANF child-only cases: Identifying unique characteristics, circumstances, and needs
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