Whole Family Approach in Urban Areas: How Were Families Faring in Fall 2021?

Length of Time in Program

54% of respondents joined WFA after January 2020, including 36% who joined in fall 2021, suggesting that most or all of their program experience has been during the COVID-19 pandemic. 24% of respondents are “long-term” families, having joined WFA before August 2018.

Impact of COVID-19 on Program Participation

71% of families indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their participation in the program either “a little” (43%) or “very much” (28%).

To what extent did WFA contribute to families’ financial stability?

83% of families reported that the Whole Family Approach contributed to their financial wellbeing: 45% indicated the program had a major contribution; 38% indicated a moderate contribution.

Qualitas helped us a lot with how to save money; how to put a little away every time we got paid. But more than anything, the pandemic made me reflect on how important it is to save because anything can happen, and if something happens to me, my family will have to survive.
– Familia Adelante father

To what extent did WFA contribute to adult well-being and healthy relationships?

90% of families reported that the Whole Family Approach contributed to emotional well-being and healthy relationships: 61% indicated that the program had a major contribution, 29% a moderate contribution.

Nearly three-fourths indicated that the impact was the same for both adults, while 22% said it was greater for adult 1. When prompted to explain, they indicated that mothers were more active in the program and therefore benefited more from it.

It has helped me a lot to improve my relationship with my husband. We don’t fight as much as before. When I want to scold him, I think of what my family worker tells me, ‘Relax, calm down.’
– Familia Adelante mother

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