As interest in fathers’ involvement in the lives of their children has increased, so too have investments in Responsible Fatherhood (RF) programs. These programs provide an array of services designed to help fathers fulfill their social, emotional, and financial obligations to their children and families. Although many of these interventions have produced positive outcomes, research has found that program services are not always sufficient to help fathers overcome structural barriers that can prevent their full involvement in the lives of their children (Randles, 2020). Empowering fathers…
Armin Brott is the author of The Expectant Father and a syndicated newspaper column (Mr. Dad); he also hosts two syndicated radio shows, including one on Armed Forces Radio.
In this wide-ranging conversation, he talks about the portrayal of fathers in literature, paternity leave, the experience of becoming a parent, what to expect as a new dad, and how moms and dads are both important in the lives of their children.
He offers advice on dealing with divorce, co-parenting and step-parenting, and talks about work he is doing to help social services’ staff do a better job of engaging…
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) hosted a webinar entitled Work, Life, & Balance on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020. The hosts were David Miller, NRFC Social Media Lead and James Worthy, NRFC Outreach Coordinator. The panelists were former NFL and College Football players Darryl Bullock, Ryan Gilliam, Deryk Gilmore, Keith Goganious, and Andre Collins. During the webinar, the panelist spoke about their experiences playing football and being a father.
The panelists went into detail about managing their football careers and being a responsible father at the…
This brief summarizes relevant research on coparenting; offers strategies to help practitioners encourage and support high-quality, stable, coparenting relationships; and provides tips for fathers. The brief focuses particularly on tips for fathers who live separately from the mothers of their children.
The purpose of this research brief is to highlight the unique challenges – and the strengths – of rural communities and provide suggestions for integrating culturally responsive healthy relationship education into existing safety-net services to strengthen rural families in poverty. (Author abstract)
Understanding the community and family challenges that create conditions that disproportionately subject some youth to the juvenile justice system is critical to developing community-based interventions that offer a holistic approach to both preventing youth justice system involvement and setting justice-system-involved youth on a more positive path.
The Relationship Education Assessment assesses current understanding of relationship education as well as how relationship education is currently integrated into service delivery. The Relationship Education Assessment asks about knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding healthy relationships, relationship education, and relationship skill-building activities. If possible, give the assessment to individuals with a variety of positions in the agency or organization. This will help give a more accurate picture of individual and agency wide strengths and areas where there is potential for…
This brief discusses the relationship between family-of-origin factors and future perpetration of sexual coercion. Research shows that children's experiences growing up, such as a negative interparental relationship quality and harsh or inconsistent parenting, can lead to feelings of entitlement, which means children believe they deserve special treatment. Feelings of entitlement were associated with a higher likelihood of perpetrating sexual coercion in a study of male college students. This brief discusses these findings and how practitioners can help parents create a positive foundation…
The following questions will assist the Resource Center’s efforts to evaluate strategies for promoting the integration of healthy relationship education into service delivery systems. By knowing more about particular agencies and individuals representing those agencies who attend the Integration Institute, we can better assess which characteristics are most effective in supporting the implementation of integration strategies related to healthy relationship education. (Author Abstract)
This Spanish-language tip sheet provides specific tips to improve conflict management skills. It is designed as an informational handout for families in support of the companion resource for providers, Tips for Service Providers: Healthy Conflict Management. (Author abstract)