ERIC Number: ED485938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Helping Our Most Vulnerable Families Overcome Barriers to Work and Achieve Financial Success. KIDS COUNT 2005 Essay
Annie E. Casey Foundation
This essay, taken from the 2005 KIDS COUNT Data Book, examines four employment barriers that policymakers and others consider among the most difficult to overcome: substance abuse, domestic violence, a history of incarceration, and depression. These burdens can diminish a person's motivation and ability to find work. Furthermore, they can make it particularly difficult to demonstrate the workplace skills (for example, attendance, punctuality, collegiality, ability to take direction) that employers view as a foundation for success--even for entry-level jobs. Far too often, particularly for the formerly incarcerated, they can also negatively influence potential employers' hiring decisions. In this essay, each of these issues is examined in more detail, and a number of state and local initiatives across the country that are successfully addressing them are highlighted. Because many people face more than one of these barriers simultaneously, we believe that it is critical for policymakers to champion interventions that are integrated, flexible, and comprehensive in their scope. (Contains 93 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Poverty, Substance Abuse, Family Violence, Employment, Depression (Psychology), Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Unemployment, Employment Problems
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.