Completing academic coursework and acquiring technical skills are critical for becoming self-sufficient and independent in today’s society. However, due to child-rearing responsibilities and limited financial resources, single parents and displaced homemakers often have difficulty arranging course schedules and meeting the rigors of coursework. Professionals working with single parents and displaced homemakers can use these recommended resources to address barriers and identify strategies to assist the students in maintaining a balance between academic and personal life roles.
A single parent is an individual who is unmarried or legally separated from a spouse, who has a minor child or children for whom the parent has either custody or joint custody, or who is pregnant.
An individual who is a displaced homemaker who has worked primarily without remuneration to care for a home and family, and for that reasoning has diminishing marketable skills; or is a pare whose youngest dependent child will become ineligible to receive assistance under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C 601 et seq.) not later than two years after the date on which the parent applies for assistance under such title; is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.