Dates of Program: September 1994 through December 2004
Field of Work: Family support programs
Problem Synopsis: Children's health and well-being are directly related to their families' ability to provide for their essential physical, emotional and social needs. These abilities have been reduced by many factors, including single parent families and working mothers, family poverty and unsafe neighborhoods.
Synopsis of the Work: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funded the Family Support Services Program to help selected states establish statewide networks of community-based family resource and support service centers and to support and advance the family support movement nationwide. The program worked in eight states: Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Washington and West Virginia.
Key Results: In 2003, the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Assessment and Policy Development conducted an independent assessment of the eight states that participated in the Family Support Services Program. Key assessment findings included: