In May 2012, the National Partnership for Women & Families released Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws that Help New Parents. Expecting Better summarized the family friendly federal laws that help new and expecting parents and catalogues state laws that improve upon minimum federal standards. This special report, Dads Expect Better: Top States for New Dads, focuses specifically on the states in which existing family friendly leave policies include new fathers, providing them with the support they need to care for their families. (Author abstract)
In 2005, the National Partnership for Women & Families published the first edition of Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws that Help New Parents, a comprehensive review of federal and state laws that help new and expecting parents take leave when a child arrives. The second edition of Expecting Better documents workers' rights under current state laws and the progress that states have made in promoting the economic security of new parents. In addition, a special section provided a snapshot of state policies that more broadly assist family caregivers--both parents and…
Recruiting and retaining participants are common challenges for programs serving low-income fathers. In this brief, we summarize several promising practices from the Strengthening Families Evidence Review (SFER) on recruitment and retention. The SFER, a systematic review of family-strengthening programs serving low-income fathers or couples, was conducted by Mathematica Policy Research under contract to the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families. This brief focuses on the 90 studies of 70 responsible fatherhood programs included in…
This fact sheet describes different types of family crises and offers tips for parents to make it through the stress of family crisis themselves and to assist children with any stress that they are experiencing as well.Note: PDF version available.
This set of three slide presentations shares findings on the effectiveness of home visiting programs in engaging fathers. The first presentation discusses findings from a study that reviewed research on programs and services to support fathers, including the use of home visiting programs. It found home-visiting programs for fathers are uncommon but may be increasing, most programs are an expansion of services offered to mothers and children, programs may have difficulty convincing families and staff that the programs are for men, and that there is insufficient research to evaluate the…
This chapter focuses on the barriers that make it difficult for fathers from minority ethnic backgrounds to engage in family support services. It explains the benefits of father involvement in early child development, reviews legal provisions that tackle institutional racism and demand inclusion, and describes approaches for including fathers from minority ethnic backgrounds.
This tip sheet provides information for safety-net service providers on culturally appropriate ways to integrate healthy marriage and relationship education concepts and skills into services so that clients are more likely to be receptive to the messages provided. (Author abstract)
This tip sheet provides information on how and why marriage and relationship education can be integrated into TANF programs to address the needs of economically disadvantaged families. (Author abstract)
This tip sheet explores ways that safety-net service providers can meet the diverse needs of immigrant families while respecting traditional cultural roles. (Author abstract)
This tip sheet is meant to increase awareness of the complex challenges faced by homeless individuals, couples, and families, as well as to offer tips for safety-net service providers who are working to help them achieve self-sufficiency. (Author abstract)