Across every state there are efforts to help support the positive and engaged involvement of fathers in the lives of their children and families. Local schools, faith communities, and community organizations are among the groups providing support and services, as well as hosting family events throughout the year.

This section of Fatherhood.gov is not inclusive of all these efforts, but serves as a starting point to help connect fathers with programs and with each other. If you have a program, resource, or event that you would like us to consider for inclusion on this list, email us at Help@FatherhoodGov.Info.

Learn more about efforts in your state:

Tennessee State Profile (PDF 106 KB): These fact sheets highlight State programs and strategies to promote parenting and responsible fatherhood.


Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority: Morristown, TN
Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority, Inc. is a Community Action Agency serving six (6) rural counties in East Tennessee– Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Monroe and Sevier. The agency is an Office of Family Assistance Responsible Fatherhood grantee. The purpose of the agency is to help families living in poverty improve their lives by providing them with assistance and services that they are not able to provide for themselves. The primary purpose of the Responsible Fatherhood program is to assist low-income fathers toward economic self-sufficiency and improved parental involvement.

This June the Houston Marriage Project participated in Fatherhood Buzz! Read more about their experience and Fatherhood Buzz in the DadTalk Blog.

Find more about OFA Grantees and other Federal Programs in the DadTalk Blog.


Responsible fatherhood programs exist all over the country. This section serves as a starting point for fathers looking to connect with programs that can help make them responsible and involved in their child’s life. Inclusion on this list is limited to State-operated and HHS-funded local programs, and DOES NOT constitute an endorsement of the program by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse or the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance.

If you are looking for a program in your area but don’t see your city listed here, or are looking for assistance with a personal situation, contact us at 1-877-432-3411.

Metro Nashville Public Health Department
The New Life Project
311 23rd Ave. N., Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37203

Project Motivated Offenders Succeeding Tomorrow (MOST)
160 N Main St 4th Floor
Memphis, TN 38103
Project MOST is a voluntary program for inmates of the Shelby County Division of Corrections which aims to reduce recidivism and prepare inmates for release by providing them with training in interpersonal and vocational skills. Participants in the program will receive assistance improving parenting skills, marital relations, and job training.


The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, includes the broad range of federal programs that address the needs of children and families. These programs are at the heart of the federal effort to strengthen families and help all children succeed by bringing new ideas, insights, and leadership on issues that impact the lives of all Americans.

The Atlanta-based Region 4 office serves the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Learn more about ACF Region 4.


The NRFC Events Calendar lists events throughout the country that are broadly accessible and sponsored by federally funded or recognized and/or national or state-wide fatherhood or related organizations.

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