Trusting Families to Help Themselves

By David Bornstein

On Friday, I reported on the Family Independence Initiative (F.I.I.), an organization that encourages low-income families to define their own goals and work towards them in mutual support groups, while carefully documenting their successes. (F.I.I. pays modest stipends for the research data provided by families.). So far, the few hundred families that F.I.I. has worked with have demonstrated impressive gains in areas like income and savings, debt reduction, skills training, and improvements in children’s grades and health care.
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