Children tend to fare better when fathers are involved in their lives. Numerous studies have shown fathers’ emotional and financial involvement enhances children’s social, behavioral, and academic outcomes. In 2018, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) undertook the Fatherhood, Relationships, and Marriage – Illuminating the Next Generation of Research (FRAMING Research) project to systematically identify current gaps in the knowledge base for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) and RF programming. Fathers involved in the criminal justice system often face additional barriers to achieving economic stability and being involved in their children’s lives—two of the primary objectives of RF programs. However, there has been limited research on how to strengthen RF programming for these fathers. To address this gap in the evidence base, ACF convened a technical work group focused on enhancing the economic stability and parenting skills of fathers with criminal justice involvement. The authors of this brief describe the meeting and highlight key themes and research priorities identified by the group
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