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The exploration of ideas and mechanisms for assisting men in their paternal responsibilities encompasses a wide range of possibilities. Demonstration research projects, grassroots educational programs, and community-led initiatives all have a role in shaping fathers' lives and activities. The development of state and federal-level policy approaches to strengthen fatherhood is an important trend among these efforts. This paper provides a brief conceptual and histortical perspective on public policy initiatives related to fatherhood, reviews the status of current federal and state policy initiatives to strengthen fatherhood, and discusses implications for practitioners working in contexts where responsible fatherhood is an issue, including work with low-income fathers, teen fathers, incarcerated fathers, and fathers in other circumstances. (Author abstract).
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