The GrandFacts state fact sheets for grandfamilies include state-specific data and programs as well as information about public benefits, educational assistance, legal relationship options and state laws. Visit www.grandfamilies.org to find this and all GrandFacts state fact sheets.

Access the Generations United Fact Sheet.

Published in Children's Justice Act

The United Way ALICE Project provides a framework, language, and tools to measure and understand the struggles of a population called ALICE — an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE is the growing number of households in our communities that do not earn enough to afford basic necessities. This research initiative partners with state United Way organizations to present data that can stimulate meaningful discussion, attract new partners, and ultimately inform strategies for positive change.


Based on the overwhelming success of this research in identifying and articulating the needs of this vulnerable population, the United Way ALICE Project has grown from a pilot in Morris County, New Jersey in 2009, to the entire state of New Jersey in 2012, and now to the national level with 18 states participating. Louisiana United Ways are proud to join the more than 540 United Ways in these states that are working to better understand ALICE’s struggles. Organizations across the country are also using this data to address the challenges and needs of their employees, customers, and communities. The result is that ALICE is rapidly becoming part of the common vernacular, appearing in the media and in public forums discussing financial hardship in communities nationwide.


Together, United Ways, government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations have the opportunity to evaluate current initiatives and discover innovative approaches that give ALICE a voice, and create changes that improve life for ALICE and the wider community.
To access reports from all states, visit www.UnitedWayALICE.org

The Louisiana ALICE report is attached to this page. Please click on the link to open it. 

 

Published in Data & Technology

Low-income families face significant challenges navigating both low-wage employment or education and training programs and also finding good-quality child care. Programs that intentionally combine services for parents and children can help families move toward economic security and create conditions that promote child and family well-being. Although these programs in general are not new (see Background), policymakers and program leaders are now experimenting with innovative approaches to combining services. Yet, most currently operating programs, sometimes called “two-generation” or “dual generation” programs, have not yet been rigorously evaluated (Chase-Lansdale and Brooks-Gunn 2014). We conducted a targeted review of publicly available documents and literature. This scan aimed to identify common features of programs operating as of early 2016 that offer integrated services to support both family economic security and child development and well-being (see About This Project). This brief presents the results of the scan related to six key questions:

1. How did programs develop?

2. How mature are these programs?

3. Whom do these programs serve?

4. What services do programs provide to adults and children?

5. How do programs engage both parents and children?

6. How do programs fund their services for parents and children?

 

Read the full report, click here.

Features of Programs Designed to Help Families Achieve Economic Security and Promote Child Well-being.
OPRE Report #2017-49
Sama-Miller, Emily. Baumgartner, Scott.
OPRE.
2017

A booklet for patients and families on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome produced by the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative. 

Link to booklet

Friday, 17 February 2017 16:38

Positive Parenting Tips

As a parent you give your children a good start in life—you nurture, protect and guide them. Parenting is a process that prepares your child for independence. As your child grows and develops, there are many things you can do to help your child. These links will help you learn more about your child’s development, positive parenting, safety, and health at each stage of your child’s life. The following links are from the Child Welfare Information Gateway:

Published in Children's Justice Act