Engaging Noncustodial Parents to Improve Outcomes for Children: Findings from Research and Practice

Session Date and Time
Summit Session Moderator(s)
Lisa Washington-Thomas, Branch Chief, Self-Sufficiency Branch, Office of Family Assistance, Washington, D.C.
Summit Session Presenter(s)
Dr. Reginald Covington, Senior Researcher, Mathematica, Washington, D.C.
Sarah Culp, Colorado Parent Employment Project/Parents to Work Case Manager, Arapahoe County, Colorado
Cheri Tillis, Executive Director, Family Support Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Year Published
Author (Individual)
Dr. Reginald. Tillis
Cheri. Culp
Author (Organization)
Mathematica. Fathers' Support Center. Arapahoe County Child Support Services.
Resource Type
Fatherhood Summit Session
Resource Format
Resource Language

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nationally, about 80 percent of noncustodial parents (NCPs) are fathers. Programs often need guidance on how to meet the needs of NCPs. In 2018, the Administration for Children and Families released impact findings from Parents and Children Together (PACT), a rigorous study of four Responsible Fatherhood (RF) grantees funded from 2011-2015. This landmark research highlights fatherhood program approaches to engage fathers, encourage responsible parenting, and ultimately, improve outcomes for children.

Drawing upon the PACT study, the panel described strategies that demonstrated evidence of effectiveness. Presenters summarized the barriers fathers in the study faced and the approaches RF programs used to help overcome those barriers. Presenters also highlighted human services agencies that are pursuing innovative strategies to engage NCPs using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds. Two program administrators shared their reflections on the needs of NCPs that warrant greater attention and what programs can do to improve their outcomes.

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