Four presenters from three states answered the questions below and identified innovative practices states are utilizing to engage fathers in the 13th FRPN learning community webinar.
What are innovative state policies and practices to engage fathers in key family programs?
How are some child support agencies passing through more child support to families, adjusting orders for fathers with low incomes, engaging fathers to avoid court involvement and using debt forgiveness and driver’s license reinstatement to promote father engagement in workforce and parenting programs?
How are some…
NRFC Quick Statistics and Research Reviews, Brief
Misusing or abusing substances limits a parent’s ability to be positively involved in their children’s lives and can lead to negative outcomes for both them and their children. Fathers who misuse substances or struggle with substance abuse tend to be less engaged with their children. When they do interact with their children, they tend to display less sensitivity and use less effective discipline. Substance misuse or abuse is also a risk factor for child abuse.
This data snapshot presents information on multiple types of substance use, misuse, and abuse, including:Tobacco,…
Men are often reluctant to seek medical care unless they are very sick, and they are twice as likely as women to report that they have no usual source of health care, despite health statistics showing that men's life expectancy is shorter than women's and men of color are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease (Centers for Disease Control Prevention; Center for Health Statistics). Recent research indicates that more than six million men in the United States have depression in a given year and at least 10 percent of fathers…
Coordinating housing and financial capability servicesseems logical, but they have been historically disconnected,requiring residents to seek support outside of housing.Many nonprofit housing managers, public housingauthorities and housing counseling organizations arebeginning to offer financial capability services to clientsor are expanding on the services they have offered foryears. These organizations provide financial capabilityservices in-house or through partnerships, which canstreamline efforts to address client needs. (Author abstract)
This is the fifth in a series of research briefs commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that draws on the Family Options Study to inform HHS and HHS grantees as they carry out their special responsibilities for preventing and ending the homelessness of families, children, and youth. It expands on the information in the first brief "Are Homeless Families Connected to the Social Safety Net?"
Physical, mental, and emotional health have a major impact on a family’s ability to thrive. Childhood trauma, for instance, can have lasting health and social consequences. Research demonstrates that parents with health insurance are more likely to seek regular care for themselves and their children. By reimagining health care services to make it easy for children and their parents to seek preventive care at the same time — through health centers or clinics that support families in making appointments together and providing child care while parents are seeking their own health care — states…
This research snapshot from the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project presents findings from the Cuyahoga tests, which demonstrate that low-cost, low-effort behavioral interventions can improve child support outcomes. However, interventions that are more intensive may be necessary to increase overall child support collection amounts, perhaps because some parents have a limited ability to pay. (Author abstract modified)
The federal government created the child support program in the 1970s to secure financial and medical support for children whose parents live separately. Today, the program collects $32 billion per year in child support payments and serves more than 16 million children and families. Still, about 35 percent of child support obligations go unpaid each month. Parents who do not pay often lack the ability to do so, due to unemployment, disability, incarceration, or other (sometimes multiple) barriers. These parents leave a significant amount of child support unpaid, and collecting that support…
This brief from the Head Start Health Manager Descriptive Study explores family engagement through these research questions: In what ways do Head Start/Early Head Start programs support family engagement in health-related aspects of program services? What are the barriers to family engagement in health-related aspects of program services from the health manager perspective? To what extent do barriers to family engagement differ by program or health manager characteristics and the populations served? What are the implications regarding family engagement for Head Start/Early Head Start health…
Young men may not be sure which contraceptive method their female partner uses, or may incorrectly assume a female partner is using contraception when she is not. We looked at young men's and women's reports of recent contraceptive use, within heterosexual couples, and found inconsistencies in their reports. (Author abstract)