Forum Session

Promoting Marriage as Welfare Policy: Looking at a Public Role in Private Lives
March 15, 2002

Manager

Jane Koppelman, Consultant

Summary

This Forum session examined the interest in and politics surrounding government's use of welfare reform legislation to carve out a stronger role in promoting marriage. Speakers examined the societal effects of changes in family formation, as well as the impact of single parenting, divorce, and stepparenting on child well-being. Discussion also focused on how marriage is treated in government programs, new state activities to promote marriage, proposals for a stronger government role in marriage, and marriage experts' expectations for the success of marriage education programs.

Speakers

Wade Horn, PhD, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families , Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Ronald Mincy, PhD, Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work; Howard Hendrick, Director, Oklahoma Department of Human Services; Howard Markman, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Denver

Related Materials

More information available in the accompanying publication, Issue Brief No. 770.

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