The Parents as Teachers Promoting Responsible Fatherhood project was designed to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of an adaptation of the Parents as Teachers model with low-income fathers as the primary target population. The project goal is to increase father involvement in Parents as Teachers services. Fathers who live with their children (residential fathers) who meet the income criteria (under 200% federal poverty level) were recruited toparticipate in a 12-week group meeting cycle lasting 3 months. During these 3 months, fathers also participated in home visits by Parents as Teachers certified home visitors. This report focuses on one successful program, "Dads in the Mix" provided through Parents and Teachers partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU3) in Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania. "Dads in the Mix" uses the Parents as Teachers group meeting curriculum called Young Moms, Young Dads to deliver peer-facilitated fatherhood group meetings, and theParents as Teachers home visiting curriculum for their home visits. Their implementation goals are: 1) to expand services to as many fathers in the AIU3 service areas as possible; 2) to recruit at least 8-10 fathers per session and engage and retain 80% of the enrolled fathers so that they receive at least 8 hours of skill-based parenting education during their 12-week group meeting cycle; and 3) to complete a monthly home visit (3 times during the group meeting cycle) with80% of the enrolled fathers. The program outcome goal was to have fathers become more involved in the lives of their children. (Author abstract)
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