5 Chapter 3 explained that welfare agencies are in many ways not well
suited to serving families and children. However, Chapter 4 identified
a range of programs that do serve families and children by way of the
welfare system, offering case management for troubled families, health
care for mothers and infants, care and education for young children, tutoring for children on the verge of dropping out, and a wide variety of other
assistance. How did these programs achieve this success in the light of
all the barriers? This chapter proposes two themes as key to understanding their success.On the one hand, all the programs address a set of common tasks. Successful sites have:
Strategies for Meeting the
|• ||Developed a coherent mission to explain why serving families and
children is the welfare department's job;|
|• ||Devoted considerable attention to effective collaboration with
children's services agencies, including the development of a common
mission and a means of conflict resolution;|
|• ||Reached out to bring targeted families into services;|
|• ||Chosen and supported staff who were capable of responsive service
delivery in an atmosphere of accountability; and|
|• ||Identified organizational and funding arrangements that mediated
the tensions between responsiveness and accountability.|
On the other hand, the successful sites carried out those tasks in quite
different ways, depending on their local conditions. Local solutions
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Book title: Poor Children and Welfare Reform.
Contributors: Olivia Golden - Author.
Publisher: Auburn House.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1992.
Page number: 69.
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