This 1999 report on State programs to encourage responsible fatherhood is organized into 5 chapters and provides 2 sets of information. National and State-by-State indicators give a profile of fathers and fatherhood in each State, examining such indicators as family structure, employment, educational attainment, poverty status, and State activity in collecting child support. The other set of information provides aggregate and State-by-State information on the policies and practices regarding responsible fatherhood. The introduction of the report gives a societal view of fatherhood and describes the process by which public perception can change regarding responsible fatherhood. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the framework and the methods used to collect the data of the report. Chapter 2 provides demographic findings and offers a qualitative look at the changing face of fatherhood nationally, highlighting particular subgroups of fathers. Chapter 3 summarizes the program and policy information gathered from the States and explores a set of emerging issues. Chapter 4 focuses on profiles of 3 States, 1 county, and 1 city providing leadership with fatherhood initiatives that reflect attention to a range of fathers and both the economic and nurturing aspects of fatherhood. The last chapter profiles individual States and gives a State-by-State overview of policies and initiatives reported by them. 8 appendices, and numerous figures, sidebars, and references.
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