Couples Advancing Together (CAT) is a pilot program signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley in May 2013. CAT provides healthy relationship skill building, employment assistance, and case management services, to couples with children who currently receive public benefits through the Department of Social Services. The primary objectives of CAT are to help couples move toward healthy relationships and family-friendly employment that improves their economic circumstances and provides support for lasting family units for both parents and children.

The CAT model consists of a six-week (twelve sessions), cohort-based curriculum that is combined with home visits and long-term follow-up post completion. These twelve group sessions are run by caring and skilled facilitators who create a learner-centered, positive, respectful and comfortable environment that allows the couples to share their experiences and knowledge with peers from similar backgrounds. With the assistance of Family Services Coordinators and group facilitators, participants develop a family self-sufficiency plan, a tool designed to assist couples with developing family and career goals needed to strengthen relationships, compete in the job market, and develop family budgets. Participation is enhanced by the provision of transportation assistance, child care, and dinner for parents and their children. Our partners include the Maryland Department of Human Resources, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, BCT Partners and the Maryland General Assembly.  

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