This report discusses the outcomes of a research review that evaluated evidence-based research findings on teen fatherhood programs and identified effective programs. It begins by emphasizing the importance of teen fatherhood programs, discussing barriers to teen participation in programs, and explaining principles that were used to identify rigorous research on effective teen fatherhood programs and the criteria used for considering fatherhood programs for the review. Different types of teen fatherhood programs are described, along with ten characteristics of effective teen fatherhood programs drawn from four teen fatherhood programs that were considered effective: Young Dads, a prenatal education intervention, Respecting and Protecting our Relationships, and the STEP-UP program. Effective programs were found to partner with community organizations to help recruit and engage teen fathers; plan for program staff to develop one-on-one relationships with teen fathers; offer a comprehensive array of services to teen fathers; begin with a theoretical program model; delivered services in engaging and interactive ways; conduct a needs assessment and/or use participant feedback in order to provide teen fathers the services they want; look for staff that are experienced, empathetic, enthusiastic, and well-connected in the community; incorporate teaching methods and materials that are appropriate for teen fathers and their culture and age; use an incentive with teen fathers and their families; and mentor teen fathers. Emerging practices from teen fatherhood programs are also discussed. Appendices describe 1 model teen fatherhood program, 3 promising programs, and 14 emerging teen fatherhood programs. Each description includes information on the program's goals, targeted population, evaluation design, structure, content, design, and evaluation findings. Numerous references.
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