This brief discusses the need to delay early or unplanned fatherhood, and calls on policy makers intensify their focus on the responsibilities of men in preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy by addressing pregnancy planning and prevention in federally funded programs serving significant numbers of men, and reaching men more effectively in family planning programs. It recommends pregnancy planning and prevention be included as a component of such programs as responsible fatherhood, healthy relationships and marriage, education and workforce development, juvenile justice, and re-entry programs. For young men who are not yet fathers, it is recommended activities focus on the full responsibilities of fatherhood and how to avoid becoming a father too soon. For those who already are fathers, programs are urged to help participants think about how an unplanned pregnancy may affect their goals, their relationships, and the consequences for their children. The brief also recommends steps be taken to increase the ability of federally-funded family planning programs-- primarily Medicaid and Title X-- to engage men. Key facts on unplanned pregnancies and the impact on young fathers and children are listed, and the legislative background for implementing responsible fatherhood programs is provided. 12 references.
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