December 2, 2019

A University of Maryland and Virginia Tech partnership promoting healthy family relationships and financial stability for couples was featured by WJLA on "Good Morning Washington."

Couples can sign up for the free six-week program, called the "TOGETHER Program," and attend workshops each week to learn essential communications and financial skills. Dedicated case managers will help couples find community services and resources, and connect them to employment support agencies, WJLA reported. The service is for residents in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland. 

Financial problems are one of the top reasons why couples separate and get divorced, financial counselor Chris Davies said on the show. 

"The program was brought together to provide tools for couples to be able to identify stress not only individually, but with their partner as well to be able to communicate in a healthy manner as well as to better manage their finances," financial counselor Nikki Pruett said on "Good Morning Washington."

Led by Mariana Falconier, professor in the School of Public Health's Department of Family Science, and Jinhee Kim, program leader of family and consumer sciences for the University of Maryland Extensionand funded by the Administration of Children and Families, the TOGETHER program's goal is to promote healthy family relationships, personal well-being, effective parenting and employment and financial stability in our communities. The program also involves a research component to evaluate the effectiveness of its services.

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