Involved fathers make essential contributions to their children’s wellbeing, even when they are parenting during tough times and circumstances. That’s what we at the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) call Dadication. We applaud and support all dads who show up for their kids, especially when parenting isn’t easy.
The DADication documentary features fathers who appeared in our Dadication PSAs and includes additional testimony from fathers and fatherhood practitioners. The short documentary emphasizes how…
A father is referred to your program and seems interested but doesn’t follow up. A father enrolls but seems
to never show up to workshops. A father begins participating in workshops but stops attending somewhere
along the way. Sound familiar?
Fatherhood programs—like all social service programs—experience recruitment and engagement
challenges, and behavioral science has been proven to help. Behavioral science is the systematic study of
how humans behave in the real world. Research in the field deepens our understanding of how people make
decisions and what helps them follow through…
This research brief addresses the impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) on children, approaches to serving children exposed to IPV, and symptoms of exposure to IPV. It explains the dynamics of IPV and explores factors that can influence the level of impact a child experiences. Implications for providers, including “red flags” and resources, are also included.
This brief provides an overview of the religious and cultural practices in the Orthodox Jewish Community and examines some of the challenges facing Orthodox Jewish families. It then discusses how to make relationship education programs appropriate to the cultural sensitivities of young Jewish adults and families and provides recommendations to safety-net service providers working with these families.
This brief provides an overview of the history of Muslims in the United States and discusses cultural nuances to keep in mind when working with Muslim families. Drawing from experts in the field, it provides culturally appropriate tips for integration of healthy communication, conflict resolution, and parenting skills into existing service delivery models.
This brief reviews current literature regarding same-sex couples and LGB individuals to better understand their needs, strengths, and challenges; how they differ from and are similar to heterosexual couples; existing efforts to provide same-sex focused relationship education; and suggestions for expanding and providing culturally competent same-sex relationship and marriage education.
This brief provides an overview of the evidence supporting the interrelatedness of employment, healthy relationships, family well-being, and recidivism. It also gives the perspectives of expert program practitioners who are successfully integrating programming related to employment, prison reentry, healthy relationships, and responsible fatherhood. (Author abstract)
This annotated bibliography describes current research, from peer-reviewed academic journals, on the efficacy of healthy marriage and relationship education programs and services to inform safety-net stakeholders' efforts to integrate healthy marriage and relationship education into their existing services. This annotated bibliography is also intended to serve as a guide to promote awareness about research-based practices and resources that have been evaluated. (Author abstract)
This brief reviews current research on the unique experiences of blended families and suggests practices to improve effective coparenting. (Author abstract)