Getting a job and keeping it.States are funding new programs and extending existing services to help recipients keep their jobs and earn higher wages.
Welfare recipients sometimes can't keep jobs. Learning to cope with work and family obligations and time management in addition to developing new skills that will help enable them to retain their job and advance in the workplace, becomes too much for them.
THE NEW APPROACHES
Services for people after they land a job help them keep their jobs, avoid coming back on welfare and help them earn higher wages. States can use their welfare money to:
* Offer child care and transportation to low income working families.
* Give former recipients continued job training and access to additional education.
* Monitor the progress of newly employed recipients.
* Match former recipients with mentors who are able to offer advice and encouragement on handling work and family responsibilities.
* Provide basic adult education courses and English as a second language.
* Offer telephone hot lines to answer callers' questions about services available to them and contacts for support services support services Psychology Non-health care-related ancillary services–eg, transportation, financial aid, support groups, homemaker services, respite services, and other services , such as child care providers.
* Provide mediation between employers and employees.
* Provide counseling for coping with the work environment.
* Provide job search assistance for those who lose jobs.
THE INNOVATORS innovators
people who will try new things.
important figures in the farming or client community because they are the leaders in the introduction of new techniques and management systems.
Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin Washington is the name of some places in the U.S. state of Wisconsin:
Washington appropriated $41.5 million from the Temporary Assistance to Needy need·y
adj. need·i·er, need·i·est
1. Being in need; impoverished. See Synonyms at poor.
2. Wanting or needing affection, attention, or reassurance, especially to an excessive degree. Families grant for its WorkFirst Post Employment Services Program. The program has reached more than 8,400 people who have left the welfare rolls and offered such services as education, training and child care. To date, there have been 2,250 referrals to community college, 1,500 referrals to better paying jobs, 600 referrals to welfare case managers, and 500 have had help writing resumes.
The Arizona Legislature The Arizona Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Arizona. It is a bicameral legislature that consists of a lower house, the House of Representatives, and an upper house, the Senate. There are 60 Representatives and 30 Senators. appropriated $5.6 million from the Child Care and Development Block Grant in FY 1999 for expanded child care for low income working families who are at or below 165 percent of the poverty level. The program provides day care for 3,100 children.
Maryland appropriated $160,000 in FY 1998 to its Project Retain program (44 percent are TANF TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (previously known as AFDC) funds). When a person goes off welfare, he gets an exit interview and a packet of information that tells him how and where to get help. Project Retain also operates a call center to answer questions about the services available. Some 269 people were helped in the first six months of operation.
"One of the biggest obstacles facing welfare recipients, particularly single parents, is child care. We need to give people the right tools to move from welfare to being a successful member of society. Child care services are a big step in the right direction."
- Representative Kathi Foster, member, Children and Family Integrated Delivery Systems integrated delivery system Integrated provider Medical practice A coordinated health care system formed by physician groups and hospitals which ↑ efficiency and ↓ redundancy in providing health care; IDSs coordinate delivery of a broad range of health Committee, Arizona
DID YOU KNOW YOU COULD USE FEDERAL AND STATE WELFARE MONEY TO ...
* Provide job training and child care to families who have never been on welfare?
* Continue child care and transportation for families after they leave welfare?
* Give a state earned income tax credit The United States federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit that reduces or eliminates the taxes that low-income married working people pay (such as payroll taxes) and also frequently operates as a wage subsidy for low-income workers. to low income working families?
* Help noncustodial non·cus·to·di·al
1. Not having custody of one's children after a divorce or separation: a noncustodial parent.
2. fathers get jobs so they can pay child support?
* Establish college tuition The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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College tuition funds for children of welfare families?
* Pay for vocational training after families leave welfare?
* Give incentives to caseworkers who help recipients find careers instead of dead-end jobs?
* Help low income families get cars?