Healthy Families

Healthy families can be important when assisting low- income families and welfare recipients, and this section provides information on how to use marriage, responsible fatherhood, and child welfare to support TANF families.

RESEARCH AND EVALUATIONS

This section provides resources on the role of family formation and stabilization in moving families from welfare to self-sufficiency. Resources are displayed in the following categories:

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General Topic

Healthy Relationships, Employment, and Reentry, November 2013

The National Transitional Jobs Network released a brief on healthy relationships, employment, and reentry. This brief provides an overview of the evidence supporting the interrelatedness of employment, healthy relationships, family well-being, and recidivism. It also gives the perspectives of expert program practitioners who are successfully integrating programming related to employment, prison reentry, healthy relationships, and responsible fatherhood. Finally, this brief offers program and policy recommendations for leveraging the positive impacts of healthy relationships on employment and reentry and vice versa.

For more information, please see: http://www.scribd.com/doc/185476721/Healthy-Relationships-Employment-and-Reentry


The Negative Effects of Instability on Child Development: A Research Synthesis, September 2013

The Urban Institute released a paper discussing the negative effects of instability on child development. This paper reviewed and synthesized research on five areas of instability: family income, parental employment, family structure, housing, and the out-of-home contexts of school and child care. It also discusses some of the key pathways through which instability may affect development and provides recommendations for policy and practice to alleviate instability's impact. In addition to the report, the Urban Institute released a fact sheet that highlights the key findings from the report.

To view this report, please see:: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412899-The-Negative-Effects-of-Instability-on-Child-Development.pdf

To view this Fact Sheet, please see:: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412908-The-Negative-Effects-of-Instability-on-Child-Development.pdf


2013 Tribal TANF Summit to Improve Program Performance and Strengthen Native Families, August 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Division of Tribal TANF Management hosted the first national Tribal TANF Summit to Improve Program Performance and Strengthen Native Families on August 12-14, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The workshop focused on Tribal TANF program administration and participant engagement. Experts from the field shared information on a variety of topics including: career pathways and subsidized employment, TANF policies and procedures, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, opportunities for economic development, and effective prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.



View Final Summary Report [PDF - 1,941 KB] View Tribal TANF Summit Booklet [PDF - 2,666 KB]

Career Pathways: An Overview PPT [PDF - 242 KB]

Creating Work Opportunities through Career Pathways and Subsidized Employment PPT [PDF - 80 KB]

Placing Tribal TANF Participants on a Pathway to Self Sufficiency PPT [PDF - 665 KB]

Leading an Economic Resurgence on the Pine Ridge Reservation PPT [PDF - 1,490 KB]

NAB TANF PPT [PDF - 180 KB]

USDA Farm Service Agency [PDF - 1,303 KB]

Career Academy Support Organizations [PDF - 341 KB]

COACHELLA VALLEY REGIONAL PLAN FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS [PDF - 419 KB]

Coachella Valley Economic Partnership Workforce Excellence: Collaborative Regional Leadership [PDF - 325 KB]

CVEP Workforce Jobs/Models [PDF - 288 KB]

Education is Economic Development: Preparing Youth for Workforce Success [PDF - 4,221 KB]

Overview of the Office of INspector General and Ensuring Program Integrity [PDF - 2,854 KB]

Building Community Garden Logic Model [PDF - 195 KB]

Logic Modeling and Strategic Planning: Keys to Program Success PPT [PDF - 2,765 KB]

Draft Logic Models from Promising Pathway Sites [PDF - 5,394 KB]

Hosting a Family Dinner Logic Model Activity [PDF - 196 KB]

Developing a Logic Model: Teaching and Training Guide [PDF - 5,490 KB]

Logic Model Template [PDF - 392 KB]

2013 DIFRC Programs Community Version [PDF - 164 KB]

Casey Family Programs PPT [PDF - 642 KB]

Denver Indian Family Resource Center PPT [PDF - 506 KB]

Broad Overview of the Tribal Title IV-E Program [PDF - 222 KB]

Double Trouble: Co-Occurring Disorders: Cultural Considerations [PDF - 784 KB]

Bringing Effective Native American Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Prevention and Treatment Programs Home PPT [PDF - 3,126 KB]

TRIBAL TANF SINGLE AUDIT PPT [PDF - 291 KB]

On-line Data Collection System [PDF - 1,677 KB]

Tribal TANF Reporting [PDF - 241 KB]

Tribal TANF - The Basics and Beyond [PDF - 1,198 KB]

Developing Effective Policies and Procedures PPT [PDF - 114 KB]

DEVELOPING TRIBAL TANF POLICIES AND PROCEDURES [PDF - 37 KB]

ANA Training & Technical Assistance [PDF - 229 KB]

Fact Sheet on Tribal TANF and Economic Development [PDF - 315 KB]

Internal Controls - Compliance Supplement [PDF - 357 KB]

OPRE Project Updates for Tribal TANF Meeting [PDF - 366 KB]


More Families with an Unemployed Parent, Census Bureau Reports, August 2013

A new U.S. Census Bureau report released shows that the number of households with children under 18 who had at least one unemployed parent rose by 33 percent, from 2.4 million to 3.2 million, between 2005 and 2011. In some States, the rise was much sharper. The statistics come from America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012, a report using data from the American Community Survey and Current Population Survey. The report provides an updated picture of the composition and living arrangements of families and households in the U.S. The report covers specific topics such as same-sex couple households, young adults living in their parents' home, and multigenerational households.

To view this report, please see: http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-570.pdf


Family Change, Father Involvement, and Child Food Insecurity, June 2013

The Institute for Research on Poverty hosted a podcast titled "Family Change, Father Involvement, and Child Food Insecurity." In this podcast, Daniel Miller of the Boston University School of Social Work discusses his research on measuring child food insecurity in the context of family type, changing family structure, and father involvement. Miller states that there is still a lot not known about food insecurity for kids, but that understanding the connections between family change and food insecurity has a lot of promise in giving a better picture of the problem.

Click here to: Listen to the Podcast and/or: Read the Transcript


The Measure of America 2013-2014, June 2013

Measure of America released the "Measure of America 2013-2014 – American Human Development Report," a project of the Social Science Research Council. This Index measures the well-being of America in three vital areas – health, education, and earnings – all of which shape the opportunities available to Americans to invest in their families and to live to their fullest potential. The report also contains the American Human Development Index ranking for the 50 U.S. States, the 25 largest metropolitan areas, and racial and ethnic groups within those States and metro areas. It also looks at changes in well-being in States since 2000 and in metro areas before and after the Great Recession.

For more information, please see: http://www.measureofamerica.org/docs/MOA-III-June-18-FINAL.pdf


Poverty in America: How We Can Help Families, May 2013

The Urban Institute released a commentary discussing a two-generation policy agenda that can help promote young children's development and low-wage workers' economic stability, which should start with a national focus on the first year of life.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/publications/904584.htm


Working Toward the End of Family Homelessness, May 2013

The Office of Family Assistance provides guidance to states and is working in partnership with other agencies to combat family homelessness.

For more information, please see: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2013/05/working-toward-the-end-of-family-homelessness


Modern Parenthood -- Roles of Moms and Dads Converge as They Balance Work and Family, March 2013

A newly released study from the Pew Research Center demonstrates that the roles of mothers and fathers in American society are converging in terms of how they spend their time and how they feel about work-life balance. The study compares the attitudes of moms working outside the home with those who do not work outside the home, as well as married moms versus unmarried moms. Study results indicate an increase in perception of difficulty in managing work-life conflicts.

For more information, please see: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/files/2013/03/FINAL_modern_parenthood_03-2013.pdf


Healthy Relationships and Financial Management -- What's the Connection?, February 2013

This archived Webinar from the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families discussed why financial management is a critical healthy marriage and relationship skill. It explored useful tools and resources to help clients build assets and increase financial literacy, and discussed ways to help clients use these tools to increase self-sufficiency and strengthen relationships. Examples of helpful integration strategies for safety-net service providers were provided. This Webinar also provided an overview of new resources and products available from the National Resource Center.

To learn more and watch an archive of the Webinar, please see: https://icfconsulting.adobeconnect.com/_a1166535402/p2mbz5kimu4/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal


Catalog of Research Programs for Low-Income Couples, May 2012

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Mathematica Policy Research conducted the Strengthening Families Evidence Review (SFER) to identify family-strengthening programs serving low-income couples. Compiling information from 54 studies of 39 programs, this catalog includes information on the program components, such as operations, and research conducted on the programs, such as study design. Each study is given a rating category based on the study's design, execution, and analysis.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/strengthen/proven_promising/reports/catalog_couples.pdf


Building Strong Parenting Partnerships, 2012

The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families released a tip sheet that promotes the building of strong parenting partnerships. This tip sheet reviews concepts of parenting styles, including parental responsiveness and parental demandingness.

To view this Tip Sheet, please see: http://tinyurl.com/parenting-partnerships-p


2011 Kids Count Data Book, November 2011

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 22nd annual Kids Count Data Book, which profiles the status of children on a national and State basis and provides rankings of States on 10 measures of well-being. The 10 measures include low birth weight babies, infant mortality, child deaths, teen deaths, teen births, teens not in school, teens not in school or not working, children in single parent homes, children in homes below the poverty line, and children in homes with parents who do not have full-time employment.

For more information, please see: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/databook/2011/OnlineBooks/2011KCDB_FINAL.pdf


Kid’s Share 2011, July 2011

This report was authored by the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute, with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and First Focus. Authors review historical and current funding trends of 100 federal programs, including TANF, Supplemental Security Income, Food Stamps, Section 8 Low-Income Housing Assistance and Low Income Home Energy Assistance, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program. Specifically, Federal expenditures totaled $3.5 trillion in 2010, of which 11 percent ($374 billion) was devoted to children.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412367-Kids-Share-2011.pdf


Policies that Strengthen Fatherhood and Family Relationships, 2011

Fathers' involvement in their children's lives has been shown to produce both economic and social benefits. This paper by MDRC examines two different approaches to strengthen fathers' involvement and their family relationships, fatherhood programs for low-income noncustodial fathers and relationship education for parents who are together. Both approaches have shown positive effects on the quality of family relationships.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/full_475.pdf


Supporting Refugee Families: Adapting Family Strengthening Programs that Build on Assets, 2010

From the Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), this issue brief provides information on how to better serve refugee populations. Family Strengthening Programs can be developed to help programs address the risks that refugees face and help families build on their existing strengths. A key component of adapting the Family Strengthening perspective is involving refugee families in program development as part of an advisory group. This brief concludes with promising practices from two programs that have adapted the program to serve this population.

For more information, please see: http://www.brycs.org/documents/upload/brycs_spotfall2010.pdf


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Incarceration & Reentry

Healthy Relationships, Employment, and Reentry, November 2013

The National Transitional Jobs Network released a brief on healthy relationships, employment, and reentry. This brief provides an overview of the evidence supporting the interrelatedness of employment, healthy relationships, family well-being, and recidivism. It also gives the perspectives of expert program practitioners who are successfully integrating programming related to employment, prison reentry, healthy relationships, and responsible fatherhood. Finally, this brief offers program and policy recommendations for leveraging the positive impacts of healthy relationships on employment and reentry and vice versa.

For more information, please see: http://www.scribd.com/doc/185476721/Healthy-Relationships-Employment-and-Reentry


Department of Labor Announces Availability of $32 Million in Grants, March 2013

The Department of Labor announced availability of $32 million in grants to help formerly incarcerated juveniles and women prepare to enter the workforce through two grant competitions that will offer job training, education and support services. Twenty million dollars will be awarded to four organizations to operate programs that work with juvenile offenders and youths at risk of becoming juvenile offenders in high-poverty, high-crime communities. Twelve million will be awarded to eight organizations to provide job training for formerly incarcerated individuals of all ages that leads to industry-recognized credentials.

To view the solicitation for the grant, please see: http://www.grants.gov

To view the press release, please see: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20130380.htm


Case Management Strategies for Successful Jail Reentry, September 2012

The Urban Institute released a brief entitled "Case Management Strategies for Successful Jail Reentry." In 2007, the National Institute of Corrections partnered with the Urban Institute to develop and test a comprehensive Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) model for effective jail-to-community transition. The TJC model and initiative advanced systems-level change and local reentry through collaborative, coordinated jail-community partnerships. This brief presents the TJC Initiative's approach to case planning and draws upon the implementation experiences of six TJC learning sites, all of which implemented elements of the TJC case management process.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412671-Case-Management-Strategies-for-Successful-Jail-Reentry.pdf


Returning to Work after Prison: Final Results from the Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration, May 2012

This report details findings from the Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration, which was funded through the Joyce Foundation, JEHT Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Labor. The evaluation as conducted by MDRC, the Urban Institute, and the University of Michigan. The Demonstration included a randomized control trial of a transitional jobs program for men who had recently been released from prison. Findings include that the transitional jobs programs did not significantly affect recidivism within the 2-year follow-up period, and researchers point to a need to develop and enhance the transitional jobs model for serving this population.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/publications/629/full.pdf


Recidivism Effects of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Program Vary by Former Prisoners’ Risk of Reoffending, October 2010

MDRC is currently conducting an impact evaluation of the New York City-based Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). This report presents the interim results from the CEO program, which is a transitional jobs program designed to help former prisoners increase longer-term employment and reduce recidivism. Overall, results show that the program has had the highest rate of reductions in recidivism for the highest risk former prisoners. Researchers suggest similar transitional jobs initiative target the highest risk population with the highest likelihood of reoffending.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/publications/574/full.pdf


Strategies for Creating Offender Reentry Programs in Indian Country, August 2010

This resource is from the Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO) of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to understand the needs of Indian Country Weed and Seed communities. Weed and Seed is a community-based, multiagency strategy involving law enforcement, crime prevention, and community revitalization, which is aimed to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in high-crime neighborhoods. This report is designed to assist tribal justice practitioners, administrators, and policymakers in designing and developing reentry strategies for offenders returning to their tribal communities.

For more information, please see: http://www.aidainc.net/Publications/Full_Prisoner_Reentry.pdf


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Marriage

The Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation - Final Implementation Results, November 2012

The Office of Planning, Research, & Evaluation (OPRE) released a new report: "The Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation: Final Implementation Results." This is the final report documenting the implementation by eight organizations of the yearlong, multi-component Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM) program model of marriage and relationship education services. An earlier report, "The Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation: Early Impacts on Low-Income Families" presented findings on the impacts of SHM programs about 12 months after couples enrolled. This report presents information about implementation of the programs, the characteristics of couples who enrolled, and their participation in the programs. The project is being conducted by MDRC in collaboration with Abt Associates and other partners.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/research/project/supporting-healthy-marriages-2003-2013


"Something Important is Going on Here!" Making Connections Between Marriage, Relationship Quality, and Health, May 2012

Research has pointed to the many health benefits of marriage as married people are healthier and live longer, but it remains unclear how this finding can help health care professionals. This report begins to make the connection between health care and marriage, which details findings from a conference sponsored by the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC). From the conference, lessons learned included a better understanding of the relationship between marriage and health, including understanding the role of relationship quality and the complex nature of marriage and couple relationships.

For more information, please see: http://www.healthymarriageinfo.org/resource-detail/index.aspx?rid=3984


The Impact of Healthy Marriage Programs on Low-Income Couples and Families, June 2011

The Office of Family Assistance, in partnership with ICF International, published a paper to look at healthy marriage education programs funded by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) designed specifically to meet the needs of unmarried couples expecting a child or co-parenting a newborn. The authors look at the unique challenges of the participants, varied program designs and service delivery strategies, as well as outcomes related to a specific group of healthy marriage grant programs. The intent is to continue the conversation around the question, "Do healthy marriage programs work?" raised and addressed in the Building Strong Families Study (Wood, McConnell, Moore, Clarkwest & Hsueh, 2010) by examining other programs operating in the field that are designed to serve the same target population and achieve similar goals.

For more information, please see: http://www.healthymarriageinfo.org/docs/HMProgramsforLow-IncomeFamilies.pdf


Supporting Healthy Marriage Toolkit: Resources for Program Operators from the Supporting Healthy Marriage Demonstration and Evaluation, May 2011

From MDRC, this Supporting Healthy Marriage Toolkit was developed as the program was incepted to help guide program design. The goal of the Toolkit is to support staff of marriage education or similar programs to benefit from experience of the program and strategies for development. Authors divided this Toolkit into 12 sections that focus on implementation and management, which include topics like family support, recruitment, marketing, programs for couples, staff training, and staff supervision.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/publications/593/full.pdf


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Out-of-Wedlock & Teen Pregnancy

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Fatherhood

Responsible Fatherhood Toolkit: Resources from the Field, 2014

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse has developed a toolkit that provides resources that can strengthen efforts to improve the lives of families in communities. The toolkit draws on lessons learned and resources used by fatherhood programs in diverse locales throughout the nation. The toolkit will continuously be expanded and enhanced over time, as it encourages users to submit information (effective tools, resources, strategies) for possible inclusion.

For more information, please see: http://fatherhood.gov/toolkit/home


Working with Dads: Fathers of Children with Special Needs, July 2013

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse hosted a Webinar, "Working with Dads: Fathers of Children with Special Needs." This Webinar focused on issues faced by fathers and families with children of special needs and provided useful information and resources for practitioners and fathers. Issues faced by fathers raising children with chronic illnesses or developmental disabilities, practical things that dads of special needs children can do to support each other and their children, and ways that fatherhood practitioners can identify and provide support to fathers of special needs children were addressed.

For more information, please see: http://www.fatherhood.gov/webinars


Celebrating and Supporting Native Fathers, June 2013

The Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) vision for fatherhood is that every parent is actively engaged in his child's healthy development, and intellectual, emotional and financial well-being. ACF has provided a resource page with links and information about various Native Fatherhood support programs, Native Fatherhood grant opportunities, as well as local Tribal events.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2013/06/celebrating-and-supporting-native-fathers


Making the Case for Fathers, June 2013

Child Trends released an article discussing recent research findings that support the notion that the presence of a nurturing and loving father can improve outcomes for children, families, and communities. In addition to this discussion, a list of key inferences and conclusions that emerged from the Young Unwed Fathers report is also included.

For more information, please see: http://www.childtrends.org/making-the-case-for-fathers/


National Native American Responsible Fatherhood Day, June 2013

Join the Native American Fatherhood & Families Association (NAFFA) in cooperation with the Administration for Native Americans in celebrating the First Annual National Native American Responsible Fatherhood Day on June 15, 2013. This special day will honor and celebrate the importance of fatherhood and the great contribution fathers bring to strengthening families. This year's theme is "Fathers - Sound the War Cry - Keep Families Together."

For more information, please visit the NAFFA website here: http://aznaffa.org/nnarfd


National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) Twitter Town Hall, June 2013

In June 2013, the NRFC will be releasing its newest product, "Responsible Fatherhood Toolkit: Resources from the Field." On June 26, 2013, the NRFC will host a one hour "Twitter Town Hall Meeting" from 6 – 7 p.m. EDT. A brief overview of the toolkit and a facilitated discussion focusing on issues central to sustaining a fatherhood program will be provided. Questions for the panelists are now being taken through the Town Hall.

Tweet #AskNRFC and @fatherhoodgov to join the conversation


Responsible Fatherhood Research Network, June 2013

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) is soliciting applications for the establishment of a Responsible Fatherhood Research Network that will disseminate information about fatherhood practices through building research and practice knowledge and capacity; leading and supporting further development and evaluation of evidence- or theory-based interventions to increase positive father involvement; and increasing collaboration, knowledge sharing, and capacity building among investigators and practitioners. Applications are due: August 2, 2013.

The full announcement is available online at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2013-ACF-OPRE-PR-0611


Working with Child Support: Effective Strategies from Model State and Local Partnerships, March 2013

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse hosted a webinar titled "Working with Child Support: Effective Strategies from Model State and Local Partnerships." This webinar provided ideas and resources to help responsible fatherhood practitioners understand and meet the needs of non-custodial fathers and their families. It featured an overview of federal, State and local policies, partnerships and initiatives; explained how fatherhood practitioners can partner with local child support offices; and generally explored strategies to help non-custodial fathers and their families.

For more information, please see: http://fatherhood.gov/content/working-child-support-effective-strategies-model-state-and-local-partnerships


Child Well-Being and Noncustodial Fathers, February 2013

Child poverty is directly affected by the family structure and presence of a father in a household. This report displays and discusses some of the data related to the poverty of children and their living arrangements and data on male employment and earnings, educational attainment, and incarceration. It then provides information on federal programs that could play a greater role in addressing poverty of children through the fathers of these children.

For more information, please see: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41431.pdf


Webinar: Dads Stepping Up to Protect America's Children, February 2013

The National Fatherhood Leaders Group will be offering a free Webinar on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. EST. The Webinar "Dads Stepping Up to Protect America's Children" will feature national experts on father involvement discussing safety concerns of children and suggest individual, community and programmatic responses to increase the safety of children, with a specific focus on education.

For more information, please see: http://www.nflgonline.org/NFLG%20Webinar022813.aspx


The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) Webinar: Your Resource for Strengthening Fathers and Families, January 2013

On January 24, 2013, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse hosted the "Your Resources for Strengthening Fathers and Families" Webinar. This Webinar provided an overview of the NRFC and the available resources and supports that the Clearinghouse offers to fathers, families, and the fatherhood field.

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National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, 2013

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is an Office of Family Assistance (OFA) funded national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, States, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families. The Web site offers resources for both dads and programs serving fathers, a library, a blog and the ability to search and find a local fatherhood program.

For more information, please see: http://www.fatherhood.gov/


The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families, 2013

The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families promotes the value of healthy marriage and relationship education (MRE) skills and encourages their integration into safety-net service systems as a holistic approach to strengthening families. A Federally funded resource, the Resource Center offers a variety of tools and resources designed to educate interested stakeholders in the benefits of integrating healthy marriage education into existing social service systems.

For more information, please see: https://healthymarriageandfamilies.org/


The New Dad: A Work (and Life) in Progress, 2013

The Center for Work & Family released a new summary report titled "The New Dad: A Work (and Life) in Progress." This report is a part of the "New Dad" series of published research that reports on the changing roles of fathers. These reports have studied the transition to fatherhood, how men manage career and family priorities, how they share caregiving responsibilities with their spouses, and what supports fathers look for and receive in their workplaces. "A Work (and Life) in Progress" provides information on fathers and work-life, as well as outlines specific recommendations for both fathers and fatherhood organizations.

For more information, please see: http://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/centers/cwf/pdf/The%20New%20Dad%202013%20FINAL.pdf


Back to School Initiative: Effective Strategies for Increasing Father Involvement in Schools, August 2012

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) hosted a Webinar on August 23, 2012, that provided ideas and resources to help increase father involvement in schools and their children's education. Information was provided on various initiatives that have helped engage fathers and father figures, inspire children, reduce bullying, and generally improve the educational environment in order that men may become more involved in the lives of their children.

Presentation materials are available online here: http://www.fatherhood.gov/for-programs/resources/webinar-archives/webinars-2012


Effective Strategies for Working with Fathers Returning from Prison, July 12, 2012

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) hosted a Webinar on July 12, 2012, "Effective Strategies for Working with Fathers Returning from Prison". The Webinar provided ideas and resources to guide work with fathers who are returning to the community from prison. This Webinar offered participants an improved knowledge and understanding of: Federal Department of Justice prisoner re-entry priorities, supports, and guidance; research findings from a review of prisoner re-entry programs; and, effective strategies and lessons learned from programs having success helping fathers who are returning from prison. The NRFC is funded through the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) and serves as a national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, States, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.

For more information, please see: http://www.fatherhood.gov/for-programs/resources/webinar-archives/webinars-2012


Achieving Economic Stability: Strategies for Successfully Connecting Dads to Jobs, April 2012

In April 2012, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse hosted a Technical Assistance Webinar, "Achieving Economic Stability: Strategies for Successfully Connecting Dads to Jobs." This Webinar presented information and strategies to help participants improve their knowledge and understanding of: Federal Department of Labor priorities and programs; employment partnering opportunities for Responsible Fatherhood programs; practical ideas from research to help fathers find and keep jobs; and, promising practices and lessons learned from programs that have successfully helped fathers achieve economic stability. Presenters included:

  • Ben Seigel: Deputy Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor;
  • Dr. Ronald Mincy: Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, New York; and
  • Bob and Kathy Lambert: Co-Founders and Co-Executive Directors, Connections to Success, St. Louis, Missouri.

For more information, please see: http://fatherhood.gov/webinars?title=Achieving+Economic+Stability&=Apply


Unwed Dads in the Inner City: What's Changed and Why it Matters, 2012

The Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is hosting a Webinar on May 8, 2013 titled Unwed Dads in the Inner City: What's Changed and Why it Matters. This Webinar will take a look at father-child bonds in the inner city and its critical importance to our nation, as well as the implications for policies and programs across the country.

For more information, please see: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5728/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=66281


Strengthening Families Through Stronger Fathers: Final Impact Report for the Pilot Employment Programs, October 2011

This report from the Urban Institute evaluates five pilot programs in New York State that were aimed at boosting employment and child support payments of non-custodial parents who face multiple employment barriers. The programs were successful in increasing the earnings and child support payments of these parents, and New York has allocated additional funds to continue the program.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412442-Strengthening-Families-Through-Stronger-Fathers.pdf


Strengthening Families through Stronger Fathers: Final Impact Report for the Pilot Employment Programs, October 2011

The Urban Institute is conducting an evaluation of the Strengthening Families through Stronger Fathers Initiative, which is sponsored by the New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The initiative was designed to help low-income noncustodial parents (mostly fathers) address barriers to work in order to find gainful employment and be able to help support their children financially and emotionally. Using propensity score matching to compare participants in the initiative to non-participants, the analysis shows that participants had a 22 percent increase in wages and were 19 percent more likely to be employed than non-participants.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412442-Strengthening-Families-Through-Stronger-Fathers.pdf


Restoring Work by Poor Fathers, July 2011

From Lawrence Mead and Ron Haskins, through the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution, this article analyzes why low-skilled men typically work in lower level positions and provide little support for their children. Authors argue for a program to tie child support with work requirements, which is an initiative that has previously been shown to increase employment. In particular, authors highlight the Noncustodial Parents Choices (NCP Choices) program in Texas as an example to build work enforcement into the child support system.

For more information, please see: http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/papers/2011/07_restoring_work_haskins/07_restoring_work_haskins.pdf


Catalog of Research: Programs for Low-Income Fathers, June 2011

The Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grant program authorized $75 million in grants for programs to promote responsible fatherhood through three types of activities: healthy marriage, responsible parenting, and economic stability. As such, this resource from the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation offers a systematic review of impact, implementation, and descriptive studies that have examined responsible fatherhood, related family strengthening programs, and that target low-income fathers.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/strengthen/proven_promising/reports/catalog.pdf


Learnings from the Field: Supporting Fathers, June 2011

One in three children live apart from their biological fathers, and about 40 percent of these children live in poverty. From Seedco, this report is part of the Learnings from the Field series, and provides insights from a new wave of programs designed to help low-income, noncustodial fathers and their families. The brief highlights Seedco’s comprehensive approach to serving fathers, which includes case management, employment training, parenting classes, and financial literacy programs.

For more information, please see: http://seedco.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Learnings-from-the-Field-Supporting-Fathers1.pdf


Predictors of Social and Emotional Involvement of Non-Residential Fathers, May 2011

This working paper is through the Bendheim Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW) at Princeton. With the increased federal attention toward responsible fatherhood initiatives, this paper using the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being to predict non-residential fathers' social and emotional involvement with their children. It was hypothesized that child, maternal, paternal, and contextual characteristics would predict father involvement. However, the data show that paternal characteristics and relational factors were the only significant predictors. Significant paternal characteristics include criminal involvement in the past year, number of children in the household and outside of the household, and whether or not he previously lived with the child. Significant relational factors include the mother's report of parental cooperation and relationship quality, the presence of domestic violence, and whether the mother has a new partner.

For more information, please see: http://crcw.princeton.edu/workingpapers/WP11-05-FF.pdf


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