ERIC Number: ED344166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Young Unwed Fathers and Welfare Reform. Meeting Highlights and Background Briefing Report. Report of a Family Impact Seminar (Washington, D.C., November 18, 1988).
Ooms, Theodora; Herendeen, Lisa
This report contains highlights of a seminar which focused on young unwed fathers and welfare reform. Comments by these panelists are summarized: Rikki Baum, legislative assistant to Senator Patrick Moynihan; Linda Mellgren, from the Office of Income Security; and Margaret Boeckmann, Director of the Office of Employment Policy, Maryland Department of Human Resources. These topics, discussed at the seminar, are summarized: (1) the Family Support Act of 1988 which strenghthened child support enforcement, required states to use uniform guidelines for child support awards, and established the new Jobs Opportunity and Basic Skills (JOBS) program; (2) the implementation of the Act and how it could affect the population of unwed fathers; and (3) the experience of the Office of Employment Policy in Maryland in conducting a pilot absent parents employment program using state funds. A background briefing report is also included which contains facts about out-of-wedlock childbearing. Facts concerning adolescent out-of-wedlock childbearing and welfare dependency of unwed mothers are examined. A profile of young unwed fathers is provided which reviews paternity, age, marriage, employment and income, child support, and involvement and visitation. Policy developments are discussed in terms of goals and assumptions, unwed fathers' legal rights and obligations, paternity establishment, child support, and employment and training. The Family Support Act of 1988 is described, and major provisions are summarized. Questions for discussion are included. (27 references; 10 organizational citations) (LLL)
Descriptors: Fathers, Federal Legislation, Government Role, One Parent Family, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
Family Impact Seminar, 1100 17th St., NW, Suite 901, Washington, DC 20036 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Consortium of Family Organizations.
Authoring Institution: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Washington, DC. Research and Education Foundation.; Family Impact Seminar (FIS), The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation, Washington, DC.