According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nationally, about 80 percent of noncustodial parents (NCPs) are fathers. Programs often need guidance on how to meet the needs of NCPs. In 2018, the Administration for Children and Families released impact findings from Parents and Children Together (PACT), a rigorous study of four Responsible Fatherhood (RF) grantees funded from 2011-2015. This landmark research highlights fatherhood program approaches to engage fathers, encourage responsible parenting, and ultimately, improve outcomes for children.
Drawing upon the PACT study, the panel described strategies that demonstrated evidence of effectiveness. Presenters summarized the barriers fathers in the study faced and the approaches RF programs used to help overcome those barriers. Presenters also highlighted human services agencies that are pursuing innovative strategies to engage NCPs using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds. Two program administrators shared their reflections on the needs of NCPs that warrant greater attention and what programs can do to improve their outcomes.
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