Hispanic Outreach Initiative
Together with the Department of Health and Human Services, ACF is well-positioned to address many of the challenges faced by the Hispanic community. ACF has identified important strategies to support underserved and/or underrepresented populations. These strategies call for strengthening research and programs targeting these populations and conducting outreach to stakeholders and providers.
ACF has undertaken several research projects focusing on Hispanic populations, including children who are dual language learners or children of migrant and seasonal workers, economic mobility among low-income Hispanic families and identifying and minimizing the impact of restrictive immigration laws on public benefit program and social services.
- The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families, a service of the Office of Family Assistance, has released Working with Latino Individuals, Couples, and Families: A Toolkit for Stakeholders (PDF, 18 MB) to help stakeholders—including administrators, supervisors, and safety-net service providers—around the country better serve Latino families, couples, and individuals. The toolkit will help service providers with cultural competence and covers important topics in the research literature with input from experts in the field. Each chapter highlights program development and implementation recommendations, including case studies with discussion questions.
- The Hispanic Child Support Resource Center provides an Outreach Toolkit with information, tips, and other materials to help child support professionals establish partnerships and develop effective communication plans to share the benefits of child support with the Hispanic community.
- Infόrmate - our update for and about the Latino community. Leaders of the community receive monthly updates about the agency’s programs and initiatives designed to help people start a path to economic self-sufficiency and to help build successful communities and families. These include job training, child care and Head Start, temporary assistance for families struggling to get back on their feet and other vital human services. One of our main goals at ACF is to be more inclusive of and responsive to the needs of the Latino community.
- HHMI Grantee Implementation Evaluation: Understanding Hispanic Diversity: A “One Size Approach” to Service Delivery May Not Fit All (February 12, 2013) - This brief, the third in a series using qualitative data collected during the Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative Grantee Implementation Evaluation, describes the Hispanic population of the United States in terms of characteristics, such as age, gender distribution, economic indicators, educational attainment, nativity (U.S.-born vs. foreign-born), country of origin, generational status (immigrant or first generation vs. second or later generation), and linguistic preferences and proficiency. The brief then describes the populations served by nine Hispanic Healthy Marriage programs, and the implications of Hispanic diversity for service design, delivery, and evaluation.
- View event proceedings from the Grantee and Community Roundtable: Strengthening Families using Best Practices in a Culturally Competent Way, in San Antonio, TX, on April 25, 2013.
- View event proceedings from the Grantee and Community Roundtable: Strengthening Families using Best Practices in a Culturally Competent Way, in Houston, TX, on March 8, 2013.
- View event proceedings from the Grantee and Community Roundtable: Strengthening Families using Best Practices in a Culturally Competent Way, in El Paso, TX, on February 21-22, 2013.
Nichole Moreno, Hispanic Outreach Lead
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