The forum served as an opportunity to reinvigorate an important dialogue among responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage leaders. It brought together a diverse group of state and local agencies, faith- and community-based organizations, public and private sectors, responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage experts, researchers, practitioners, and federal staff. These representatives offered lessons learned from working with fathers, families and couples and providing marriage education services. They also explored best and promising practices in promoting the economic, physical, and social well-being of children and families. Building on the established research regarding the significance of father involvement and the successes of the Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage Initiatives, forum participants engaged in a series of discussions and activities to determine if there was sufficient common ground to support a broad-based alliance. Assuming sufficient common ground would exist, the forum's participants focused on development of a plan to support partnerships and collaborations between the responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage networks to achieve their common goal of improved child well-being. (Author abstract, modified).
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