The Maine Young Fathers Project, funded by the Children's Bureau, was a demonstration child abuse prevention program targeted toward the young fathers of teen mothers. Fifty-three fathers younger than 24 years old participated during the two and one-half years of the grant project. The project goals were to integrate services for fathers into two existing programs for teen mothers; to recruit community volunteers to engage young fathers; to reduce abandonment by fathers; to relieve the stress of caregiving experienced by teen mothers; and to help fathers meet their financial responsibilities for their children. The project combined elements of the Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Project in San Francisco and the Maine Family Service Integration Demonstration. Two sites were selected, one urban and one rural. The project found that most young fathers in Maine were white and an average of 19 years old. Most considered the mother of their child to be their girlfriend and saw the mother and child daily. More than half of the fathers were not employed, but were seeking work. Eighty-three had previous involvement with the justice system. Participants in the rural program reported progress in every area measured by the Goal Attainment Scaling System, developed and tested for the project. Progress of participants in the urban program could not be measured because of the limited amount of data. The program was successful in establishing paternity and child support orders among the cases managed. The report explains the implementation of the program model and provides recommendations for replication. The Goal Attainment Scale Form and other project forms are included in the appendices. Numerous tables and 1 measure. Document scanned.
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