Responsible Fatherhood Toolkit

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Whether you have been supporting fathers for years, or are just beginning a program, the resources provided here can strengthen your efforts to improve the lives of families in your communities. This is a dynamic toolkit that will be expanded and enhanced over time.

We invite all users to submit information for possible inclusion in the toolkit. We are particularly interested in tools, resources, or strategies that you have found effective in work with fathers. If there is a topic or area that you’d like more information on, please contact us at info@fatherhood.gov.

Father, mother, young son and young daughter.
Fatherhood programs provide services that support fathers in their roles as major influences in their children’s lives. These programs are helping fathers create loving, nurturing relationships with their children and be actively involved in their lives. This toolkit draws on lessons learned and resources used by fatherhood programs in diverse locales throughout the nation. Learn more.
Father, mother and baby.
Careful planning before launch can help ensure the success and sustainability of any fatherhood program. It is important to identify needs, map community resources, foster solid partnerships, craft a thoughtful logic model, and determine the scope of services before the program ever opens its doors. Learn more.
Father with toddler son on shoulders.
Effective communication and marketing strategies will help your program connect with dads and prompt them to move from interest to involvement. Learn more.
Father walking with young daughter.
Fatherhood programs typically offer a combination of one-to-one interaction and case management with workshops and peer group discussions. Both approaches present challenges and opportunities for helping dads get and stay on track. Learn more.
Family of four.
Adults often learn best by doing. Activities done in one-to-one or group sessions can give fathers hands-on experience that they can apply outside the program with their children and families. Learn more.

This toolkit features information that is based on existing research and qualitative, anecdotal, and secondary data analysis related to field-informed practices. Inclusion of programs, tools, or practices does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance or the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.

Responsible Fatherhood Toolkit: Resources From the Field was prepared by Fathers Incorporated, with support from ICF International, under Contract No. HHSP23320110020YC.