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February 2004Vol. 5, No. 1HHS Assistant Secretary to Speak on Programs for Low-Income Families

Dr. Wade Horn, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be a featured speaker for the 2004 Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) Audio Conference Series. In an exclusive, hour-long interview, Dr. Horn will discuss the Bush Administration's past efforts and future priorities for the programs he oversees for low-income families, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), foster care, adoption assistance, family preservation and support, Head Start, child care, child support enforcement, runaway and homeless youth, and mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

The interview with Dr. Horn is scheduled to occur Friday, February 6, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. This is the first in a series of audio conferences titled, "The Squeeze: Helping Low-Income Families in an Era of Dwindling Resources."

Future topics in the series include:

  • Welfare Reform in 2004: Where Are We? What's Next? (March 5)
  • The Fiscal Squeeze: What Does Tax Policy Have to Do With It? (April 2)
  • Financing Child Welfare: What Policies Best Protect Children? (May 7)
  • A New Progressive Agenda: Innovative Ideas for Work and Immigration Policy (June 4)
  • Disconnected Youth: Educational Pathways to Reconnection (July 9)

The cost for each audioconference in the series is $16. For more information about the series or how to register, visit the CLASP website at, or contact Soleste Lupu at 202.906.8079 or