Map and Track : State Initiatives to Encourage Responsible Fatherhood. [Executive Summary]

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Bernard, S. N.
Knitzer, J.
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This executive summary describes the methodology used to investigate strategies States are using to promote responsible fatherhood and outcomes of the study. A demographic profile of fathers is provided that includes information on working fathers, father involvement in schools, and child support. Findings from the report indicate: 38 of the 45 responding States are engaging in current activities using public awareness to promote responsible fatherhood; 37 States sponsor one or more initiatives to help prevent unwanted or too-early fatherhood; 43 States use strategies to help fathers be better economic providers for their children, either by assisting low-income fathers with employment and training or by improving child support enforcement; 36 States are implementing one or more initiatives to promote fathers as nurturers; and 22 States have initiatives to build leadership capacity around responsible fatherhood. Pending issues for States and the field are explored, along with action steps for States to take to encourage responsible fatherhood.

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