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Expert to speak on Welfare-to-Work

December 01, 1998

Dr. Catherine E. Born, a researcher in the area of welfare reform, is to speak to local employers at a breakfast meeting on Dec. 11 at the Four Points Inn on Dual Highway in Hagerstown.

The meeting, open to all area employers, has been planned to mark the one-year anniversary of Welfare-to-Work efforts in Maryland and Washington County.

Born, a research associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, is leading a multi-year study to track several thousand Maryland families who leave welfare under the new rules.

The first report on this research, Life After Welfare, was released in September and received national attention as the first study of its kind to appear.

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Hundreds of individuals and organizations have asked to be on the mailing list for future research reports, including the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Congressional Research Service.

Area employers interested in learning about the advantages of hiring members of this new work force are encouraged to make reservations for the complimentary breakfast. Additional information also is available by contacting the Washington County Department of Social Services at 301-791-4997.

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