During the past two decades, the field of responsible fatherhood has grown considerably both at the national and state levels. This guide lists many organizations dedicated to sustaining this growth and advancing effective advocacy. Site teams can and should capitalize on this trend, but must also recognize some of the field's strengths, vulnerabilities, and key needs. In recent years, practitioners have learned much about what it takes to restore fathers to their families. And though the list of services that fatherhood programs should include is long, most of these services are already available in many low-income communities. Indeed, a recent survey by the Georgia Fatherhood Services Network indicated that existing programs and services in communities throughout Georgia could meet 70 percent of the needs of low-income, noncustodial fathers. That's why Making Connections communities should not be reluctant to embrace the fatherhood agenda. (Author abstract modified)
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