OCSE responsible fatherhood programs : client characteristics and program outcomes.

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Pearson, Jessica.
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United States. Office of Child Support Enforcement.
United States. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Office of Human Services Policy.
Center for Policy Research (Denver, Colo.).
Policy Studies.
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This report provides findings from an assessment of eight fatherhood demonstration projects funded by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), within the Department of Health and Human Services. Following an introduction in Chapter 1, Chapter 2 discusses the importance of child support for low-income families and the special issues that make collecting child support from low-income parents problematic. Much of the current national discussion about responsible fatherhood activities has focused on low-income fathers and programs to serve them. Chapter 3 describes the eight sites that were included in the evaluation and provides some contextual information about the communities in which those sites operated and the structure of the state's child support program. Chapter 4 discusses the methodology for the evaluation, describing the data that was collected, its sources, and how it was analyzed. Chapter 5 discusses how clients were recruited in each of the demonstration sites. Chapters 6 through 11 focus on the seven sites that provided services primarily to low-income noncustodial fathers. Chapter 6 provides information on the characteristics of the noncustodial fathers and their children. In Chapter 7 detailed information is provided about the employment and child support status of clients at the time of enrollment. Child Support and employment are two of the client characteristics of special interest in this evaluation. Chapter 8 reviews client needs and services at the time of program enrollment. Chapters 9 and 10 provide information on employment and earnings and child support outcomes, respectively. Chapter 11, the last of the chapters focusing exclusively on low-income fathers programs, addresses child access issues as reported by the clients at follow-up. Chapter 12 is a case study of San Mateo, California, the one program site that focused exclusively on access and custody issues. It is treated separately from the rest because the program design was narrow in scope and its clients were not primarily low income. Chapter 13 provides the clients' assessments of the program services and assistance delivered for the eight sites. The final chapter, Chapter 14 provides a summary of findings from the evaluation and some conclusions. (Author abstract)

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