For over 20 years, the Family Welfare Research and Training Group, led by Dr. Catherine E. Born, has partnered with the Maryland Department of Human Resources and with local agencies in welfare and child support research, training, and policy development.

Our focus is helping management, front-line staff, legislators, and advocates meet the many challenges associated with implementing and evaluating welfare and child support reform. We provide research, training and information services that shape and enhance policies and program for Maryland's families. In addition, we are active participants in policy workgroups, task forces, and legislative hearings.

On this site, you will find our reports, in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, as well as information on our group.


FWRTG offers training to Maryland FIA staff. Click here to download the 2014-2015 course catalog.

Welfare Cases with Child
Support Sanctions:
and Outcomes

Lauren A. Hall
Letitia Logan Passarella
Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli

Welfare Recidivism in
The Importance of Child

Lauren A. Hall
Letitia Logan Passarella

October 2013
September 2014
Caseload Exits at the
Local Level

Elizabeth Gleason
Letitia Logan Passarella

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