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.

October 2014 –
September 2015
Caseload Exits at
the Local Level

Ann Myatt James
Letitia Logan Passarella

Maryland’s Child Support Caseload: A Profile of Custodians, 2015
Lauren A. Hall
Letitia Logan Passarella

Economic Stability
after Leaving Welfare

Ann Myatt James
Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli

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