CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Profile of the Tennessee Families First Family
Representative Families First Characteristics
Comparison of the 1995 AFDC Family to the 1997 Families First Family

COUNTY PROFILES

Table 1.1. Demographic Statistics by County
Table 1.2. Financial Statistics by County
Table 1.3. Labor Statistics of Eligible Adults by County
Table 1.4. Benefit History by County
Table 1.5. Distribution of Assistance Groups, Urban and Rural

ASSISTANCE GROUPS CHARACTERISTICS

Table 2.1. Areas of Residence
Table 2.2. Housing Characteristics
Table 2.3. Is a Member of the Assistance Group Homeless?
Table 2.4. Does the Assistance Group Have Access to a Telephone?
Table 2.5. Does the Assistance Group Have a Car?
Table 2.6. Number of Persons, Adults and Children per Assistance Group
Table 2.7. Number of Persons, Adults and Children per Assistance Group, Urban
Table 2.8. Number of Persons, Adults and Children per Assistance Group, Rural
Table 2.9. Number of Caretakers Receiving SSI and Number of Caretaker-Relatives Not Included in the Assistance Group (Child-Only Assistance Groups)
Table 2.10. Has the Caretaker Married while on Families First?
Table 2.11. Was the Caretaker’s New Spouse Added to the Assistance Group?

PROFILE OF FAMILIES FIRST CARETAKERS

Table 3.1. Age of Caretaker
Table 3.2. Sex of Caretaker
Table 3.3. Race of Caretaker

Table 3.4. Marital Status of Caretaker
Table 3.5. Relationship of the Caretaker to the Assistance-Group Children
Table 3.6. Is the Caretaker Currently Pregnant?
Table 3.7. Has the Family Cap Been Applied to a Newborn in this Case?
Table 3.8. Age of Parent Caretaker at Birth of First Child

PROFILE OF FAMILIES FIRST CHILDREN

Table 4.1. Number of Assistance-Group Children by Age
Table 4.2. Are All School-Aged Children in the Assistance Group in School?
Table 4.3. How Many Children Would Be Included in the Assistance Group Except that They Receive SSI?
Table 4.4. Number of Children with Dependency Due to Absent Parent
Table 4.5. Number of Children with Dependency Due to Unemployed Parent
Table 4.6. Number of Children with Dependency Due to Incapacitated Parent

Table 4.7. Number of Children Aged 12 through 17 Who Are School Drop-Outs

PROFILE OF MINOR PARENTS -- (AS ELIGIBLE CHILD AND AS ELIGIBLE ADULT)

Table 5.1. Is the Eligible Minor Parent the Caretaker of the Assistance Group or a Child within the Assistance Group?
Table 5.2. Number of Children of Eligible Minor Parents
Table 5.3. Marital Status of Minor-Parent Mothers
Table 5.4. Marital Status of Minor-Parent Fathers
Table 5.5. Do the Minor Parents in the Assistance Group Reside with a Parent, Legal Guardian, or Relative?
Table 5.6. Are the Minor Parents in the Assistance Group Attending School?
Table 5.7. Is the Minor-Parent Mother in the Assistance Group Currently Pregnant?

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT

Table 6.1. Highest Grade of School Completed by an Eligible Adult
Table 6.2. Highest Grade of School Completed by an Eligible Adult, One- and Two-Adult Assistance Groups
Table 6.3. Number of Adults with a High School Diploma or GED
Table 6.4. Number of Adults Who Have Taken the TABE Test
Table 6.5. Number of Adults Who Tested Below Ninth-Grade Level on the TABE Test
Table 6.6. Number of Adults Who Tested Below Ninth-Grade Level on the TABE Test Who Are Now at Ninth-Grade Level or Above

Table 6.7. Did Participation in a Families First Education or Training Program Result in Employment?
Table 6.8. Jobs for Which Adults Earned Certification through Families First Training
Table 6.9. Jobs for Which Adults Earned Certification through Non-Families-First Training
Table 6.10. Number of Assistance Groups with Employed Eligible Adults
Table 6.11. Hours Worked per Week by Employed Adults
Table 6.12. Hours Worked per Week by Employed Adults in One- and Two-Adult Assistance Groups
Table 6.13. Hourly Wage Rate for Employed Adult, All Assistance Groups
Table 6.14. Hourly Wage Rate for Employed Adults, One- and Two-Adult Assistance Groups
Table 6.15. Number of Jobs Held by Adults during the Last 12 Months
Table 6.16. Number of Employed Adults by Number of Jobs Held Simultaneously
Table 6.17. Number of Part-Time and Full-Time Jobs Held by Adults
Table 6.18. Kind of Job Adults Held Most Often
Table 6.19. Adults’ Reason for Current Unemployment
Table 6.20. Number of Consecutive Months Adult(s) Has Been Unemployed
Table 6.21. Have the Adults in the Assistance Group Ever Been Employed?
Table 6.22. Do the Adults’ Health Problems Prevent Employment?

Table 6.23. Number of Eligible Adults Exempt from the Work Requirement by Reasons for Exemption

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Table 7.1. Total Monthly Families First Grant Amount for the Assistance Group
Table 7.2. Number of Assistance Groups Receiving the Maximum Families First Grant per Assistance-Group Size
Table 7.3. Total Monthly Food Stamp Allotment per Assistance Group
Table 7.4. Total Monthly Earned Income per Assistance Group
Table 7.5. Total Monthly Unearned Income per Assistance Group
Table 7.6. Relationship of Income to Poverty Level per Assistance-Group Size
Table 7.7. Does the Noncustodial Parent of the Assistance-Group Children Pay Child Support?
Table 7.8. Amount of Child Support Payment by Noncustodial Parent
Table 7.9. Monthly Rent Amount Paid by Assistance Group
Table 7.10. Monthly Mortgage Amount Paid by Assistance Group
Table 7.11. Monthly Utility Payment per Assistance Group

BENEFIT HISTORY

Table 8.1. Year of First AFDC or Families First Grant Received by Assistance Group
Table 8.2. Number of Months Assistance Group Has Received AFDC or Families First Benefits Since 1993
Table 8.3. Number of Months the Assistance Group Received Families First Benefits since Signing the Personal Responsibility Plan
Table 8.4. Number of Assistance Groups Exempt from Time Limits
Table 8.5. Number of Times the Assistance Group Was on Assistance in the Last Five Years
Table 8.6. Longest Amount of Time the Assistance Group Was Not Receiving AFDC or Families First in the Last Five Years
Table 8.7. What Caused the AFDC or Families First Benefits to End the Last Time?
Table 8.8. Reason Assistance Group is Receiving Families First This Time
Table 8.9. Were AFDC or Families First Benefits Initially Granted Because of Pregnancy?
Table 8.10. Were Parent Caretakers AFDC of Families First Children?
Table 8.11. Were the Parents of Parent Caretakers AFDC Children?

SUPPORTIVE SERVICES

Table 9.1. Does the Adult with a Families First Work Requirement Have a Child Under Age 13?
Table 9.2. Number of Children Under Age 13 Who Are in Child Care and Live with an Adult with a Families First Work Requirement

Table 9.3. Kind of Child Care Adult Uses to Go to Work, School, or Training
Table 9.4. Who Pays Child Care Fees?
Table 9.5. Amount Paid per Week for Child Care by the Assistance-Group Adult
Table 9.6. Kind of Transportation Adult Uses to Travel to Work, School or Training
Table 9.7. Who Pays Transportation Costs When the Adult Travels to Work, School or Training?
Table 9.8. Number of Adults Who Received Transportation Assistance from DHS
Table 9.9. Number of Assistance-Group Adults Who Have Received Families First Optical Assistance
Table 9.10. Number of Assistance-Group Adults Who Have Received Families First Dental Assistance

Table 9.11. Are Assistance-Group Children Current with Their Immunizations?
Table 9.12. Are All Assistance-Group Children Current with Their Health Checkups?

Table 9.13. Kind of Health Insurance Offered by Employer to Employed Adult
Table 9.14. Can the Adult Afford to Pay for Insurance Offered by the Employer?

Table 9.15. Has Anyone in the Assistance Group Been in a Substance Abuse Treatment Program?
Table 9.16. Has Anyone in the Assistance Group Been in a Domestic Violence Program?
Table 9.17. Has Anyone in the Assistance Group Been in a Mental Health Treatment Program?

SERVICE NEEDS

Table 10.1. Importance of Service Needs
Table 10.2. Importance of Service Needs, Type of Counseling
Table 10.3. Service Needs Ranked by Importance
Table 10.4. Importance of Services Needs, Overall Rank

GLOSSARY
APPENDIX

  1. Survey Sample
  2. Survey Questionnaire

INDEX