The Family Welfare Research and Training Group is involved in three major types of activities: research; paternity affidavit information reporting; and training. The Research Team's primarily activity is leveraging administrative data to provide empirically-based, policy-relevant information for decision-makers in the welfare and child support fields. In addition to a number of smaller child support and welfare projects, the Group produces two report series which provide a barometer of welfare reform in Maryland: Life After Welfare, a longitudinal, nationally-acclaimed study of welfare leavers; and Life on Welfare, a series of studies focusing on the circumstances of special populations in the current welfare caseload.

Our Paternity Affidavit Information Reporting Unit (PAIR) manages the state's voluntary paternity acknowledgement database and provides a valuable Faxback service to local workers who need to obtain copies of affidavits quickly.

Our Policy and Skills Training Team (PSTT) provides professional classroom training on a variety of pertinent topics for both state and local staff involved with welfare reform.

Letitia Logan Letitia Logan Passarella
Research Director
Letitia Logan Passarella has been with the Family Welfare Research and Training Group since 2010. Ms. Logan is responsible for managing the research team and ensuring that quality research is conducted to provide Maryland policymakers and program managers with relevant information on the trends and outcomes of families that receive Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA, Marylandís TANF program) and of families that are a part of the public child support enforcement agency. As research director, Letitia aims to demonstrate the organizationís commitment to turning data into information that can ultimately make a difference in the lives of Marylandís low-income families.

Ms. Passarella earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Liberal Arts from Kentucky State University. She then received her Master of Public Policy from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Prior to joining the Family Welfare Research and Training Group, Letitia focused on education policy and research within state and local government organizations as well as a non-profit organization.

Jamie Haskel Jamie Haskel
Director, Center Operations
Mr. Haskel has been with the Family Welfare Research and Training Group since 1998. He is responsible for the operational functions of the organization including grants and contracts, purchasing, recruitment and hiring, and general personnel issues. He oversees the groups Database Programming and Information Systems Units and is the Data and Information support liaison between the FWRTG and the Department of Human Resourcesí Child Support and Family Investment administrations. He also provides consulting services on technical issues to these agencies through participation in workgroups and executive meetings.

Mr. Haskel received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.

Jay Hood Jay Hood
IT Director
Jay Hood is responsible for implementing and maintaining the technology that supports the research and training groups. Before coming to the Group in 1997, Jay worked at the Maryland Department of Human Resources for six years in a variety of IT related functions ranging from Help Desk to aiding with creating the first Web site for the Department.

Jay earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from Loyola College in 1991, and a Master of General Administration degree in General Business from the University of Maryland University College in 1996.

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