ERIC Number: ED426801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Information Outreach To Reduce Welfare Dependency: A Georgia Welfare Reform Initiative. Final Report.
Shuptrine, Sarah C.; McKenzie, Genny G.
The Georgia Information Outreach to Reduce Welfare Dependency Project began in January 1996. The Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), commissioned the Southern Institute on Children and Families to conduct the project. Phase 1 of the project focused on the development of three information outreach brochures for use with welfare families, community organizations, and employers. (Appendices to this report contain black and white copies of the brochures and results from nine focus groups with whom the brochures were tested.) Phase 2 was launched in September 1996 with three briefing sessions sponsored by the state DFCS to preview the three information outreach brochures for major user groups prior to statewide dissemination. Following the state-level briefings, 30 presentations on the brochures were held in 10 Georgia counties at events hosted by county DFCS offices. In December 1996, a statewide training session on the information outreach brochures was held for DFCS staff. The information outreach brochures were extremely well received by community organizations and employers who attended the briefing sessions. County DFCS directors were enthusiastic about the brochures, and reaction from county DFCS staff was positive overall. County staff stressed the need to have enough brochures for widespread dissemination throughout the community and for internal use. To enhance the chances that the positive results attained in the project are realized statewide, the Southern Institute recommends that the state DFCS take several actions, including assigning responsibility to a specific office, directing that brochures be distributed and reviewed at welfare application and redetermination interviews, developing cross-training opportunities with other public agencies, and requesting that county DFCS offices that were not part of the project hold community briefing sessions on the brochures. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Inst. on Children and Families, Columbia, SC.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia