A strong family has many important implications for the health and well-being of both adults and children. Studies have shown that people live longer, have less stress, and are more financially stable in a healthy family environment where both parents are present, share the responsibility of the household, and raise the children (What Do “I Do”s Do?, Acs and Nelson, Urban Institute, 2004). In these households, children are healthier, both mentally and physically, and are better able to have their fundamental needs met. ACF’s HMRE grants are intended to help families achieve these outcomes, while also helping individuals to improve their relationship skills and increase the trajectory toward economic stability and mobility.
ACF funded 47 organizations across the country, and in one territory, to provide comprehensive healthy relationship and marriage education services, as well as job and career advancement activities to promote economic stability and overall improved family well-being.
The HMRE grantees can provide a range of activities including:
The Resource Center (http://www.healthymarriageandfamilies.org) supports state and local safety net service providers as they integrate healthy marriage and relationship education skills into service delivery systems as part of a comprehensive, culturally appropriate, family-centered approach designed to promote self-sufficiency.