Federal Family Impact Seminar Reports

The Family Impact Seminar was established in 1976 to promote a family perspective in public policies and programs and to build capacity for family centered policymaking. From 1976 to 1998, Directors A. Sidney Johnson and Theodora Ooms engaged in a number of activities to achieve these aims. For example, the Family Impact Seminar conducted 14 field studies in collaboration with community organizations to assess the family impact of policies and programs, published 7 family impact analyses of federal legislation, and presented 42 seminars for federal policymakers in Washington, DC on a wide range of family issues. A 50- to 75- page background briefing report was prepared to accompany each seminar.

Family Impact Seminars

Seminar Date Topic
FIS 1 November 1988 Young, Unwed Fathers and Welfare Reform
FIS 2 January 1989 Child Care Market: Supply, Demand, Price and Expenditures
FIS 3 February 1989 The Unique Health Needs of Adolescents: Implications for Health Care Insurance and Financing
FIS 4 March 1989 Quality in Child Care: What is it and How Can it Be Encouraged?
FIS 5 April 1989 Federal Child Care Policy: Current and Proposed
FIS 6 May 1989 Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Programs: What Have We Learned?
FIS 7 July 1989 Integrated Approaches to Youths’ Health Problems: Federal, State and Community Roles
FIS 8 October 1989 Teenage Parenthood, Poverty, and Dependency: Do We Know How to Help?
FIS 9 November 1989 Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment: Evolving Policy at Federal, State, and Local Levels
FIS 10 January 1990 The Crisis in Foster Care: New Directions for the 1990s
FIS 11 March 1990 Implementation of P.L. 99-457: Parent/Professional Partnership in Early Intervention
FIS 12 April 1990 Drugs, Mothers, Kids and Ways to Cope
FIS 13 May 1990 Implementing Child Care in the Family Support Act
FIS 14 June 1990 Keeping Troubled Families Together: Promising Programs and Statewide Reform
FIS 15 July 1990 Evolving State Policies on Teen Pregnancy and Parenthood: What More Can the Feds Do to Help?
FIS 16 September 1990 Parents’ Role in Teenage Health Problems: Allies or Adversaries?
FIS 17 November 1990 Encouraging Unwed Fathers to Be Responsible: Paternity Establishment, Child Support, and JOBS Strategies
FIS 18 January 1991 Child Care in the 101st Congress: What Was Achieved and How Will It Work?
FIS 19 March 1991 Teenage Mothers and the Family Support Act: What Works–“Carrots” or “Sticks”?
FIS 20 July 1991 Promoting Adolescent Health and Well-Being Through School-Linked, Multi-Service, Family-Friendly Program
FIS 21 September 1991 Coordination, Collaboration, Integration: Strategies for Serving Families More Effectively
FIS 22 October 1991 Family Resource, Support, and Parent Education Programs: The Power of a Preventive Approach
FIS 23 December 1991 Coordination, Collaboration, Integration: Strategies for Serving Families More Effectively
FIS 24 February 1992 Family-School Partnership: A Critical Component of School Reform
FIS 25 April 1992 Service Integration and Coordination at the Family/Client Level: Part Three: Is Case Management the Answer
FIS 26 July 1992 Families in Poverty: Patterns, Contexts, and Implications for Policy
FIS 27 September 1992 Latino Families, Poverty, and Welfare Reform
FIS 28 December 1992 Reducing Family Poverty: Tax-Based and Child Support Strategies
FIS 29 February 1993 Employment and Training Strategies to Reduce Family Poverty
FIS 30 June 1993 Training and Technical Assistance to Support Family-Centered, Integrated Services Reform
FIS 31 September 1993 Data Integration and Evaluation: Essential Components of Family-Centered Systems Reform
FIS 32 February 1994 Looking Ahead: The Promise of Head Start as a Comprehensive Family Support Program
FIS 33 April 1994 Head Start: A Key Partner in System Reform?
FIS 34 June 1994 Literacy and Welfare Reform: Are We Making the Connection?
FIS 35 November 1994 Children’s Mental Health Services: Policy Implications of the New Paradigm
FIS 36 June 1995 Disconnected Dads: Strategies for Promoting Responsible Fatherhood
FIS 37 September 1995 Housing Policy and Family Self-Sufficiency
FIS 38 December 1995 Comprehensive Community-Building Initiatives: A Strategy to Strengthen Family Capital
FIS 39 September 1996 Housing is Not Enough: Helping Homeless Families Achieve Self-Sufficiency
FIS 40 February 1997 Child Abuse Prevention: New Partnerships for Protecting Children and Supporting Families
FIS 41 October 1997 Immigrant Families and Welfare Reform
FIS 42 May 1998 Finding Families for Waiting Kids: The Challenge of Special Needs Adoption in the 90’s and Beyond

Supplemental Reports

Toward an Inventory of Federal Program with Direct Impact on Families (Family Impact Seminar, 1978)

Interim Report of the Family Impact Seminar (Family Impact Seminar, 1978)

Recommendations to the White House Conference on Families (Family Impact Seminar, 1980)

A Strategy for Strengthening Families: Using Family Criteria in Policymaking and Evaluation (Theodora Ooms and Steven Preister, 1988)

From “Good Enough” to “Best Possible”: An Assessment Tool for the Child and Family Services Plan (Elena Cohen and Theodora Ooms, 1993)

Taking Families Seriously: Family Impact Analysis As An Essential Policy Tool  (Theodora Ooms, 1995)

Where is the Family in Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families? (Family Impact Seminar, 1996)

Summary Report: Coming Together for Children and Families: How Cabinet-Level Collaboration is Changing State Policymaking (Family Impact Seminar, 1998)

Coming Together for Children and Families: How Cabinet-Level Collaboration is Changing State Policymaking (Family Impact Seminar, 1998)