Forum Session

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


Jane Koppelman, Consultant


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.


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

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