Fatherhood Initiatives: Connecting Fathers to Their Children

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31
Year Published
2018
Author (Individual)
Tollestrup, Jessica
Author (Organization)
Congressional Research Survey
Resource Type
Report
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English

Longstanding research indicates that children raised in one-parent homes are more likely thanchildren raised in homes with both biological parents to do poorly in school, have emotional and behavioral problems, become teenage parents, and have poverty-level incomes as adults. In an effort to improve the long-term outlook for children in one-parent homes, federal, state, and local governments, along with public and private organizations, have supported programs and activities that promote the financial and personal responsibility of noncustodial parents to their children and reduce the incidence of parental absence in the lives of children. Most fatherhood programs include media campaigns that emphasize the importance of emotional, physical, psychological, and financial connections of fathers to their children. RF grantees include states, territories, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, and public and nonprofit community groups (including religious organizations). The 44 most recently awarded RF grants, which are scheduled to run through FY2020, have included a new emphasis on key short- and long-term outcomes intended to enhance evaluation and strengthen program design. According to the Office of Family Assistance (in the Administration for Children and Families of the Department of Health and Human Services), it is expected that the new RF grant-funded programs (and their evaluations) will increase the understanding of policymakers and others of what works and why.

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