Program book for the NRFC 2021 Virtual Event, Leading with Compassion: Understanding and Serving Low-Income Fathers in a Changing World
This session provided participants with a framework for helping low-income fathers address the tough issues that serve as barriers to parenting. During this session, participants learned about proven solutions and strategies from experienced fatherhood practitioners.
This session will include discussions about emerging research on the mindset, circumstances, and needs of low-income fathers, including findings from ethnographic studies about the effects of COVID-19 on impoverished fathers and families and what can be done to increase their resilience. This session also will include a discussion on what future research needs to address.
This facilitated fireside chat allowed participants to hear first-hand from two fathers who will explore their parenting experiences, particularly during the pandemic, what they learned from the challenges they encountered, and what has helped them navigate those challenges, including:
Challenges they faced before and during the COVID-19 pandemic;
How a fatherhood program helped them;
Most important lessons they learned that will help them moving forward; and
Suggestions for fatherhood programs and other practitioners serving or planning to serve fathers.
To generate a national conversation on the plight of Black men and boys, the Twenty-First Century Foundation (21CF) has partnered with actor-director Mario Van Peebles and producer Karen Williams to create BRING YOUR "A" GAME -- a documentary film that, in Van Peebles' words, "sheds light on the resilience and influence of Black males." BRING YOUR "A" GAME uses screenings and accompanying community discussions as a catalyst to transform the lives of urban youth. Using a cinematic style influenced by popular culture and employing innovative technologies, the film details strategies that have…
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The educator guide is for adults who work with middle- and high-school aged males and features activities that be used in and out of classroom settings. The guide contains a number of writing and spoken word exercises centered around Black male demographics, the prison industrial complex, and more. (Author abstract)
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The BYAG discussion guide contains strategies to engage in programming related to Black men and boys, discussion topics, bios of the men in the film, suggested opportunities to volunteer in your community, letters from the filmmakers, and a resource section. (Author abstract)
An increasing portion of lower class men have children in more than one relationship. These men, which I term dual fathers, are poorly understood by researchers. Based on 62 interviews with low-income fathers, this project elucidates the beliefs, behaviors, and fathering identities of dual fathers. I find that all low-income fathers tend to adapt a "father figure" rather than a "father" definition offathering responsibility. I also find that fathers tend to self-identify as responsible fathers, despitevarying definitions of responsibility. (Author abstract)
This paper analyzes legislative proposals that address marriage, and the potential impact on current fatherhood programs serving low-income families. The initiation of fatherhood programs following the passage of the Personal Responsibility Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act in 1996 is reviewed and current legislative proposals are described, including: the Child Support Distribution Act of 2001 and the Fathers Count Act of 1999, which combine child support reform measures with fatherhood provisions; the Strengthening Working Families Act, which contains child support distribution…
Many children experience adversity in the form of poverty, abuse or neglect, homelessness, or other conditions that make them vulnerable to the damaging effects of chronic stress. New research reveals that chronic stress alters their rapidly developing biological systems in ways that undermine their ability to succeed in school and in life. The good news is that we have strong evidence for programs and approaches that policy makers could use to help these children overcome the effects of stress. Home visitation and early childhood health care can give parents much-needed support and…