Student conducts survey; information released nationally
For Immediate Release
March 14, 2001
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The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has released a study by Amanda Culp, junior political science major at Abilene Christian University. Culp spent the fall semester of 2000 in Washington, D.C., serving as an intern at NCSL as part of her participation in the American Studies Program, sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
In her work at NCSL, Culp conducted an informal survey of 10 states on their services to immigrant and refugee families, specifically investigating the use of federal funds under programs established in the welfare reform of 1996. She also analyzed the federal welfare programs to determine the specific opportunities provided to the states.
Culp drafted the results of the survey, including a summary of current state programs and an outline of state policy options. The report was eventually submitted to the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a project deliverable and distributed to NCSL's human services legislators. The final product serves as a "guidebook" for state legislators designing programs to serve immigrant and refugee families.
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization of legislators from the 50 state governments. NCSL serves legislators as a resource for information and technical assistance. The D.C. office specializes in tracking federal legislation and advocating states rights issues.
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