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The Benefits and Challenges of Registered Apprenticeship: The Sponsors' Perspective (Research Report)
Robert I. Lerman, Lauren Eyster, Kate Chambers

This report analyzes a survey of a nationally representative sample of sponsors of registered apprenticeship programs. Commissioned by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, the survey includes questions about how sponsors (mainly employers) view their registered apprenticeship programs. The study analyzes these survey responses on the value, benefits, and drawbacks of registered apprenticeship, its integration with the workforce investment systems, apprentice completion and reasons for non-completion, and suggestions for possible improvement. In general, sponsors report highly positive attitudes about registered apprenticeship as a system for training their workforce.

Posted to Web: June 12, 2009Publication Date: March 01, 2009

Implementation Analysis of High Growth Job Training Initiative (HGJTI) Programs (Research Report)
Demetra Smith Nightingale, Lauren Eyster, John Trutko, Carolyn T. O'Brien, Kate Chambers

The High Growth Job Training Initiative (HGJTI) is a national grants program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. Between 2001 and 2006, more than 150 grants were awarded to establish demand-driven job training and related projects designed to meet employer-defined workforce challenges. This report is the second in a series from the evaluation of the HGJTI being conducted by the Urban Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and Capital Research Corporation. This report documents the national initiative and describes the structure and implementation of projects developed by selected grantees. The information presented is based on reviews of grantee applications and quarterly reports, and on site visits to six grantees.

Posted to Web: November 05, 2008Publication Date: June 01, 2008

Foster Youths' Views of Adoption and Permanency (Policy Briefs/Child Welfare Research Program)
Kate Chambers, Erica H. Zielewski, Karin Malm

This exploratory study, conducted in Washington, D.C. and New York City, sought to examine foster youths' views of adoption, permanency, and adoption recruitment. Using data collected from focus groups with foster youth, ages 11 to 19, the study raised three important findings: (1) foster care experiences influence youths' perceptions of adoption; (2) youth have concerns and fears about adoption; and (3) youth expect autonomy and want to feel empowered. The study's findings suggest that child welfare agencies and caseworkers may have more to do in terms of educating youth about adoption and other permanency options.

Posted to Web: February 01, 2008Publication Date: January 01, 2008

Adoption and Foster Care by Lesbian and Gay Parents in the United States (Research Report)
Gary Gates, Lee M.V. Badgett, Jennifer Ehrle Macomber, Kate Chambers

Discussion and debate about adoption and foster care by gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) parents occurs frequently among policymakers, social service agencies, and social workers. Three states currently restrict GLB people from adopting and more are considering similar policies. This report provides new information on GLB adoption and foster care from several government data sources. It offers a demographic portrait of the estimated 65,500 adopted children and 14,100 foster children living with gay and lesbian parents. It also assesses the costs to child welfare systems of proposed bans on allowing GLB people to foster.

Posted to Web: March 27, 2007Publication Date: March 23, 2007

Foster Care Adoption in the United States: An Analysis of Interest in Adoption and a Review of State Recruitment Strategies (Research Report)
Jennifer Ehrle Macomber, Erica H. Zielewski, Kate Chambers, Rob Geen

Commissioned by the National Adoption Day Coalition, this report provides a first-time look at foster care adoption recruitment in the United States. Using data from the 1995 and 2002 National Survey of Family Growth and the state Child and Family Services Reviews, the report describes women's interest in adoption and strategies to find adoptive families for foster children. Findings indicate an overall increase in women interested in adoption, perhaps due to extensive recruitment efforts in recent years. At the same time, women interested in adopting were less likely to take steps to adopt in 2002 than they were in 1995.

Posted to Web: November 16, 2005Publication Date: November 16, 2005


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