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One Marriage Under GodThe Campaign to Promote Marriage in America$
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Melanie Heath

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814737125

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814737125.001.0001

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Teaching Marriage to Single Mothers and Inmates

Teaching Marriage to Single Mothers and Inmates

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(p.93) 4 Teaching Marriage to Single Mothers and Inmates
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One Marriage Under God
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Melanie Heath

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814737125.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the small number of marriage workshops directed both at poor single mothers in conjunction with receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits and at the prison population. While marriage advocates seek to redraw a definitive boundary to compel marriage as a moral and social good, some are more willing to recognize the obstacles to marriage for low-income individuals and prioritize a number of relationship- and work-related services. To disseminate these services to a low-income population, the marriage initiative trains employees of the Department of Health, the Cooperative Extension Service at OSU, and Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) to conduct workshops and make referrals to their clients. In the first two years of the program, the Department of Health agreed to meet a quota of workshops offered by staff members trained in the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), with each conducting at least four workshops.

Keywords:   marriage workshops, TANF, single mothers, single parents, prison population, marriage initiative, Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program

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