The federal government gives states far more money to support children who have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care than it gives them for prevention and treatment programs that could keep kids out of foster care in the first place. For a variety of reasons, the foster care caseload is falling. At the same time, evidence is mounting that well-designed programs can identify at-risk families and help resolve family problems as they emerge, often averting the need for foster care later on. Congress has the opportunity to change the funding formula under Title IV of the Social…
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When their children are born, most unmarried parents have high expectations for the future, but they are particularly vulnerable to financial and relationship instability. Their children are disproportionately likely to experience negative health and wellbeing outcomes, in part because of low father involvement. We provide an overview of the findings in this area, drawing primarily from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study and two studies conducted by the Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin. We conclude that father involvement is largely a…
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The current study examined low-income, unmarried, nonresidential fathers’ engagement in co-parenting with the child's mother. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 71 fathers attending nine different fatherhood programs in five cities that serve low-income, primarily unmarried, nonresidential fathers. The results revealed that co-parenting in this sample of fathers is a multidimensional construct that includes both negative and positive components. Our results also point to specific behaviors or indicators that seem to be unique to this population of fathers and mothers and that…
The Responsible Fatherhood, Healthy Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners (MFS-IP) initiative was established in 2006 by the federal Office of Family Assistance (OFA), and required grantees serve fathers who were either incarcerated or recently released, as well as their spouses or committed partners. The grantees were required to deliver services to support healthy marriage and were also permitted to provide activities designed to improve parenting and support economic stability. From 2006 to 2011, the 12 MFS-IP sites delivered a…
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This Guide is intended for community-based organizations and barbershops that may be interested in initiating and hosting on-going community conversations around responsible fatherhood and connecting dads with local resources to help build stronger families. In it, you will find: background information on Fatherhood Buzz and the benefits of partnering with local barbershops; the roles and responsibilities of Fatherhood Buzz partners, barbershops, and the NRFC; step-by-step guidance on forming partnerships with local barbershops, and; step-by-step guidance on launching a successful Fatherhood…
These questions were developed to help facilitate conversations around responsible fatherhood during a Fatherhood Buzz event.
This poster was designed to promote the June 2015 #DynamicDads Fatherhood Buzz effort.
This graphic was designed to be used on social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to advertise the June 2015 #DynamicDads Fatherhood Buzz effort.
This tip card was developed for the June 2015 #DynamicDads Fatherhood Buzz effort. It contains a list of activities that dads can start or continue as well as statistics on father involvement.
This questionnaire was developed for participants to provide feedback on a Fatherhood Buzz event.