Serving Noncustodial Parents: A Descriptive Study of Welfare-to-Work Programs

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Serving Noncustodial Parents: A Descriptive Study of Welfare-to-Work Programs

Abstract

The Welfare-to-Work (WtW) Grants Program presents an important opportunity for states and localities to provide employment services to noncustodial parents. This study examines the strategies that 11 purposively selected WtW grantees used to design and operate programs serving this population. It also summarizes lessons that can be learned from these effortslessons that are applicable to the larger community of workforce development and social services agencies which would like to be more proactive in serving low-income noncustodial parents. Specifically, the report examines program design and characteristics, recruitment and outreach strategies, incentives for participation, and program services (including employment, post-employment, and parenting services).

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