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This site visit took federal participants on a tour around Maryland, providing a three-way comparison of suburban, urban, and rural service delivery in a diverse state. The site visit focused on the Family Investment Program, a statewide effort to reduce the state's welfare caseload through temporary cash assistance (TCA) and other needed supports to help customers become self-sufficient. In particular, site visitors examined rural perspectives on reform, substance abuse assessment and treatment innovations, and fatherhood and family support initiatives. The group heard from state officials, researchers, advocates, and a variety of direct service providers about the successes and challenges of the Family Investment Program and the effects of program implementation on low-income families. Site visitors had several opportunities to meet and interact with TCA customers to gain a clearer perspective of the issues faced each day.

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