National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
March is a time when many of us are promoting VITA Tax help to our
clients or preparing to have our own taxes done. As such, it’s also a
great time of year to think generally about Financial Literacy.
Understanding our financial habits and being intentional about planning
for emergencies as well as future expenses are important strategies for
protecting financial stability.
Finances can be a source of stress for all families, especially when
couples differ in spending habits and perceived priorities.
Communicating openly about finances can help reduce some of the stress.
It is also important to talk with children about family finances. They
may not need to know all of the details, but understanding financial
limitations can help manage expectations.
In addition to the Resource Center products highlighted below, here are some other sources to help you help others:
Find a VITA Tax Site:
Free Tax preparation for eligible individuals to ensure they take
advantage of tax credits like Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs):
Special savings accounts that match the deposits of low- and
moderate-income people, IDAs help make it possible for individuals to
save towards the purchase of a lifelong asset, such as a home.
Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission’s website offering
tips, tools, and strategies based on the five principles of financial
management. Budget templates, savings calculators, and other resources
make it easy for families to enhance knowledge and skills for managing
National Bank On Initiative:
Bank On programs negotiate with banks and credit unions in local
communities to reduce barriers to banking and increase access to the
financial mainstream. Bank On programs provide low-income and under
banked people with free or low-cost starter or “second chance” bank
accounts and access to financial education.
For more resources, check out our newly enhanced website at www.healthymarriageandfamilies.org
Robyn Cenizal, CFLE
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Here are three key financial tips you can share to help
individuals build or maintain committed relationships with a partner,
regardless of whether they are dating or have been married for years:
1. Discuss each other’s expectations for making,
saving, and spending money. While similar expectations typically make
things easier, discussing expectations serves as a foundation for any committed couple to reach mutual understanding and agreement about how to manage their money.
2. Share facts with each other about current debts,
spending habits, and obligations–-such as child support or charitable
contributions. Some surprises aren’t good ones.
3. Use credible resources like the ones mentioned above to work together to learn more and make a financial plan.
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
more than 700 materials in a variety of formats including fact sheets,
research-to-practice briefs, brochures, pamphlets, training
resources, program reports or evaluations, and research materials.
Select the links below to view our featured March resources:
The Resource Center's Events Calendar offers
a listing of Resource Center events and other national, regional, and community-wide events that might be of interest. Upcoming
- On April 8th, the Resource Center is convening the Nebraska Integration Institute
in Omaha, NE--a one day training event for safety-net service providers
across the State of Nebraska. Attendees will have an opportunity to
share information regarding their agencies' current efforts to promote
relationship skills; participate in facilitated discussions regarding
healthy marriage and relationship education skills and integration
strategies; and engage in consensus building and action planning
activities. This event is by invitation only. However, if you would like
more information on upcoming institutes or to organize an event in your
state or area, please contact us.
Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on
Child Abuse and Neglect in Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 13-16, 2014:
In April 2014, child welfare and legal professionals, advocates for
children, tribal leaders, families, youth, and grassroots organizers
will gather together in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to focus on achieving
the National Indian Child Welfare Association's potential and to
celebrate its legacy. This conference will feature expert plenary
panels, innovative workshops, networking opportunities, and celebratory
events focused on serving the best interests of Native children in
children’s mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice. The
National Resource Center will be exhibiting at this conference.
Feedback and Technical Assistance:
If you have suggestions or wish to speak with a Resource Center staff member, please
contact us and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to
request Technical Assistance, please submit a Training and Technical Assistance
Request Form and our Technical Assistance Coordinator will contact you.
To learn more about the Resource Center visit us at www.healthymarriageandfamilies.org
The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
service providers as they integrate healthy marriage and relationship
education skills into service delivery systems as part of a
comprehensive, culturally appropriate, family-centered approach designed
to promote self-sufficiency.