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Evaluating a teen pregnancy prevention program in rural Kentucky

Individual Author: 
Goesling, Brian
Lee, Joanne
Wood, Robert G.
Zief, Susan

Although rural counties have the highest teen birth rates in the United States, teen pregnancy prevention practitioners have developed few programs for youth in rural areas.To identify effective pregnancy prevention approaches for rural youth, the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded Mathematica Policy Research to evaluate an adapted version of the Reducing the Risk teen pregnancy prevention curriculum in rural Kentucky.

Predicting repeated and persistent family homelessness: Do families’ characteristics and experiences matter?

Individual Author: 
Glendening, Zachary
Shinn, Marybeth

Research indicates that most families using emergency shelters stay briefly—one to four or five months—and rarely return (Culhane et al. 2007). However, some families remain homeless for long periods of time or experience repeated episodes of homelessness. These families may have characteristics and service needs that differ from those of families who leave shelter quickly and permanently. Communities and homelessness practitioners might benefit from identifying those families’ characteristics and experiences to improve targeting of services.

Homeless families’ experiences with public benefit programs, employment, and family transitions

Individual Author: 
Benton, Amanda
Dunton, Lauren
Khadduri, Jill
Walton, Douglas

These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). The Homeless Families Research Briefs project uses data from a large randomized controlled trial, the Family Options Study, to answer questions that are of interest to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This panel included presentations on three aspects of homeless families that may help HHS ensure that the agency’s programs and policies are used to assist families that have experienced homelessness in becoming self-sufficient. Amanda Benton (U.S.

Behavioral health improvements over time among adults in families experiencing homelessness

Individual Author: 
Shinn, Marybeth
Gubits, Daniel
Dunton, Lauren

The Homeless Families Research Briefs project, conducted by Abt Associates, is producing a series of research briefs on issues related to the well-being and economic self-sufficiency of families and children experiencing homelessness. Using data collected from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Family Options Study, these briefs build on the data and analysis already being conducted for HUD to answer additional questions of interest to HHS. 

Impacts of programs to avoid sexual risk and prevent pregnancy

Individual Author: 
Rue, Lisa
Chamberlain, Seth
Covington, Reginald
Goesling, Brian
Zief, Susan

This panel highlighted three studies funded through the Personal Responsibility Education Program multi-component evaluation and the Federal Evaluation of Selected Programs for Expectant and Parenting Youth. These evaluations document how teen pregnancy prevention initiatives and programs for expectant and parenting teens are implemented in the field and assess selected programs’ effectiveness. Seth Chamberlain (Administration for Children and Families) moderated the session and Lisa Rue (University of Northern Colorado) served as the discussant.

Evaluation of seven Second Chance Act Adult Demonstration Programs: Impact findings at 30 months

Individual Author: 
D’Amico, Ronald
Kim, Hui

This report describes the impacts of re-entry programs developed by seven grantees that were awarded funds under the Second Chance Act (SCA) Adult Demonstration Program to reduce recidivism by addressing the challenges faced by adults returning to their communities after incarceration. In estimating impacts, the evaluation used a randomized controlled trial, whereby 966 individuals eligible for SCA were randomly assigned to either a program group whose members could participate in individualized SCA services.

Child care subsidies, quality of care, and the labor supply of low-income, single mothers

Individual Author: 
Berger, Mark C.
Black, Dan A.

We examine the effects of child care subsidies on the labor supply decisions of low-income mothers and on the quality of care their children receive using newly gathered data on two programs that subsidize the child care expenditures of families in Kentucky. We find that single mothers who receive child care subsidies are more likely to be employed and are generally more satisfied with the care their children receive, but subsidies have little effect on hours worked. (Author abstract)

Understanding the intersection between TANF and Refugee Cash Assistance

Individual Author: 
Elkin, Sam
Farrell, Mary
Koralek, Robin
Engle, Hannah

Since 1975, the United States has resettled more than three million refugees whose diversity of skills, education, and culture requires that public and private organizations assisting them be able to provide a wide range of services. Upon arrival in the United States, two federally funded cash assistance programs help low-income refugees on their path to self-sufficiency: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for those with dependent minor children and Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) for those who do not qualify for TANF.

Depression improvement and parenting in low-income mothers in home visiting

Individual Author: 
Ammerman, Robert T.
Altaye, Mekibib
Putnam, Frank W.
Teeters, Angelique R.
Zou, Yuanshu
Van Ginkel, Judith B.

Purpose: Research on older children and high resource families demonstrates that maternal improvement in depression often leads to parallel changes in parenting and child adjustment. It is unclear if this association extends to younger children and low-income mothers.