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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Family Engagement Inventory, January 2015

The Family Engagement Inventory (FEI) is an interactive web-based tool aimed at familiarizing professionals in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, and other professions with the competencies for family engagement as it relates across the different fields of practice. The primary purpose of the FEI is to combine knowledge in a way that supports professionals in engaging with families.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2015/01/family-engagement-inventory-now-live


Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Interactive Framework, September 2014

This online framework, from the Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center's National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement, is a research-based approach to program change designed to help Head Start programs achieve outcomes that lead to positive and enduring change for children and families. The framework provides research, resources, and regulations related to program foundations, program impact areas, family engagement outcomes, and child outcomes.

For more information, please see


Strengthening Families Curriculum Resource Guide, September 2014

The Administration for Children and Families released a resource guide for healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood grantees that allows users to search curricula by a variety of facets including: implementation characteristics, targeted audience, and topics covered. Users are able to compare curricula in a table to determine which information will best suit their needs.

For more information, please see: http://hmrfcurriculum.acf.hhs.gov/Curricula


Within Reach: Strategies for Improving Family Economic Stability Toolkit, September 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance released a toolkit that provides resources to assist programs with implementation of economic stability and workforce development (ESWD) initiatives, as well as inform programs about available ESWD tools.

For more information, please see: https://hmrf.acf.hhs.gov/toolkits-and-trainings/within-reach-strategies-for-improving-family-economic-stability/


How Much Could We Improve Children's Life Chances by Intervening Early and Often?, July 2014

The Brookings Institution released a policy brief that states that well-targeted interventions at various child life stages could decrease the gap between more- and less-advantaged youths by over 70 percent.

Click here to view the report. [PDF - 252 KB]


Toxic Stress in Low-Income Families: Understanding Long-Term Effects, May 2014

This webinar, hosted by the Office of Family Assistance, through its Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) efforts, brought together preeminent, nationally recognized experts and practitioners to describe toxic stress, how exposure to childhood toxic stress can have life-long consequences, and how practitioners and community-based organizations are working to prevent toxic stress exposure in children and ameliorate its effects on adults.

For more information, please see: https://hmrf.acf.hhs.gov/articles/toxic-stress-in-low-income-families/


Webcast: Child Well-being: A Framework for Policy and Practice, February 2014

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago hosted a webcast that explored the connection between healthy child development and well-being. The event organizers noted that a large body of research and science points to the need to create nurturing environments where children can develop along a healthy trajectory physically, cognitively, emotionally, behaviorally, and socially. When adverse childhood experiences and trauma occur, development can be derailed. Webcast speakers provided several frameworks for understanding the domains and measurable indicators of well-being, and considered steps that can be taken to improve well-being and developmental functioning. Participants were encouraged to explore how policies, practices, assessments, and interventions in their work could be organized around a well-being framework to more effectively ensure a positive life course for children.

For more information, please see: http://www.chapinhall.org/events/policy/child-well-being-framework-policy-and-practice


Early Head Start University Partnership Grants: Buffering Children from Toxic Stress, 2011-2016, 2014

This overview from ACF provides a summary of the current ongoing Early Head Start University Partnership grant program. It contains a link to the programs selected as part of the most recent research grant. The purpose of the grants is to test interventions designed to mitigate the effects of toxic stress on young children. Early Head Start was chosen as a vehicle to test these interventions since it is already designed to meet the needs of families below the poverty line with very young children.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/research/project/early-head-start-university-partnership-grants-buffering-children-from


Working with African-American Individuals, Couples, and Families: A Toolkit for Stakeholders, 2014

This National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families toolkit uses a backdrop of significant historical events as a foundation for understanding perspectives, improving communication, and strengthening relationships with those in the African American community. This toolkit is grounded in current research and draws on the experience of practitioners to provide practical suggestions for engaging and serving this population, particularly for incorporating healthy marriage and relationship education skills into service delivery systems as part of a comprehensive family-centered approach to promoting self-sufficiency.

For more information, please see: http://tinyurl.com/african-american-toolkit-p


Webinar: Strengthening TANF and Low-Income Families through Strategic Non-Custodial Supports, December 2013

On December 12, 2013, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Region X held a webinar, "Strengthening TANF and Low-Income Families through Strategic Non-Custodial Supports" that was open to all State TANF Directors and staff, local TANF agencies, and contractors. The webinar featured the following speakers: Earl Johnson, Director, Office of Family Assistance; Angelisa Young and Artish Jacobs, District of Columbia, Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Services Division; Michael Hayes, Texas Attorney General, Child Support Division; and Ann Marie Winter, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services and Donald Shepard, WorkNet Pinellas, Inc. In hopes of improving the long-term outlook for children in single-parent families, Federal, State, and local governments, along with public and private organizations, are supporting programs and activities that promote the financial and personal responsibility of non-custodial parents (NCP's) to their children and increase their participation in the lives of their children, as well as improve their employment and career path outcomes. This moderated webinar highlighted specific programs and provided an overview of innovative ways to serve non-custodial parents, improve the NCP's engagement with TANF families, and develop partnerships that meet their needs.



Webinar Slides [PDF - 7,329 KB]

Webinar Transcript with Updates from Speakers [PDF - 297 KB]


Healthy Relationships, Employment, and Reentry, November 2013

The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families released a brief, authored by the National Transitional Jobs Network, 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://tinyurl.com/reentry-brief-r


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


The Parenting Gap, September 2013

The Center on Children and Families released a paper that outlines the ways in which the parenting gap and the opportunity gap are related. The authors argue that children who do not live in a supporting and stimulating home environment are least likely to succeed in critical life stages. The paper includes guidelines for policies to invest in opportunity and equality programs to cultivate healthier parenting skills that will positively impact children within the home.

For more information, please see: http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2013/09/09%20parenting%20gap%20social%20mobility%20wellbeing%20reeves/09%20parenting%20gap%20social%20mobility%20wellbeing%20reeves.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


Innovating in Early Head Start: Can Reducing Toxic Stress Improve Outcomes for Young Children?, 2013

This resource from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University provides links to numerous articles, all related to toxic stress. A variety of articles are provided, all related to reducing toxic stress in children. Links to related content, including a fact sheet on toxic stress, can be found as well.

For more information, please see: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/stories_from_the_field/tackling_toxic_stress/innovating_in_early_head_start/


Poverty as a Predictor of 4-Year-Olds' Executive Function: New Perspectives on Models of Differential Susceptibility, 2013

This study, looking at a longitudinal sample of 1,259 low-income children followed from birth, found that that chronic exposure to poverty and the strains of financial hardship were each uniquely predictive of young children's performance on measures of executive functioning. Results suggest a link between poverty-related risk and children's executive functioning.

For more information, please see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22563675


Child Support and Young Children's Development, March 2012

This research study examined the cognitive skills and behavior of children as affected by non-custodial parents' provision of formal and informal child support. This study specifically looked at outcomes for children of unmarried or never married parents found in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. It was found that informal cash support was correlated with higher cognitive scores in children, most likely associated with increased contact associated with the informal support. The same was not found for formal support.

For more information, please see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3565425/


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


Maternal Stress and Child Outcomes: Evidence from Siblings, 2012

This paper is part of the NBER Working Paper Series and reviews how maternal stress and influence effects child outcomes, specifically cognition, health and educational attainment. Comparing siblings, the researchers found that maternal stress in utero can impact child human capital and longer-term economic outcomes. The authors conclude that prenatal stress could influence the intergenerational persistence of poverty.

For more information, please see: http://www.nber.org/papers/w18422.pdf


The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress, December 2011

Published by the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, this article discusses the emerging fields of neuroscience and the impact adverse childhood experiences have on the social, emotional and physical well-being of children. Based on research conducted by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child at Harvard University, the authors discuss the long-term consequences for learning, behavior, physical and mental health when individuals are exposed to extreme poverty, neglect, abuse, or severe maternal depression.

For more information, please see: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/1/e232.full.pdf+html


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, October 2010

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) released an issue brief that provides information on how to better serve refugee populations. The brief provides resources, promising practices, and suggestions for adapting programs for use with refugee populations.

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


Building a New Biodevelopmental Framework to Guide the Future of Early Childhood Policy, 2010

In this article, the author demonstrates how advances in molecular biology and neuroscience, particularly as they relate to early childhood stress, can transform and stimulate new ways to think about the long term impacts of early childhood policy. Specifically, the author discusses three basic domains to a new bio-developmental framework: (1) interactions among healthy development foundations and sources of early adversity; (2) measures of physiological adaption and disruption in the face of adversities; and (3) positive and negative outcomes in learning, behavior, and health.

For more information, please see: https://www.opressrc.org/content/building-new-biodevelopmental-framework-guide-future-early-childhood-policy-0


Family Socioeconomic Status and Child Executive Functions: The Roles of Language, Home Environment, and Single Parenthood, 2010

This study assessed the associations between family socio-economic status and single parenthood to predict child executive functions. The study found that families with low socio-economic status with one parent in the home had children who performed less well on executive function tests than children from similarly low socio-economic status families with two parents.

For more information, please see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21073770


A Guide to Low-Cost Curricula and Resources for Marriage and Relationship, Fatherhood and Parenting, and Financial Education, July 2009

The Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiative released a guide that includes an alphabetized list of resources for practitioners to use in topics related to marriage and relationships, fatherhood and parenting, and financial education.

For more information, please see: https://hmrf.acf.hhs.gov/HMRFTA_Grantee_Portal/?linkServID=73367B88-D5D9-124F-09C08879A0BB804F&showMeta=2&ext=.pdf


Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, 1998

This article describes the initial phase of a landmark longitudinal study conducted on more than 17,000 participants to examine the effects of adverse childhood experiences on adult functioning and health. The researchers found strong relationships between childhood exposure to adversity and increased risk for serious adult health issues such as heart disease, cancer, and liver disease.

For more information, please see: https://www.opressrc.org/content/relationship-childhood-abuse-and-household-dysfunction-many-leading-causes-death-adults


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Incarceration & Reentry

Healthy Relationships, Employment, and Reentry, November 2013

The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families released a brief, authored by the National Transitional Jobs Network, 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://tinyurl.com/reentry-brief-r


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


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Marriage

Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Web Site, April 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) Office of Family Assistance (OFA) is pleased to introduce the new Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) Web site! As many of you know, OFA is the ACF program office that oversees the $150 million HMRF discretionary grant program authorized under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and reauthorized under the Claims Resolution Act of 2010.

This new and improved HMRF Web site is the first stop for the latest information on the HMRF programs, including most current program data, stories, products, briefings, and other resources. In addition to general information about Healthy Marriage, Responsible Fatherhood, and Ex-Prisoner Reentry, the HMRF site has several key features, including:

  • Highlights from the Field: Compelling stories of participants from our grantee organizations, including videos and podcasts of their experience,
  • Quick Facts: Infographic presentation of program and participant data. A good place to find the latest information about participant numbers, demographics, and services provided, gathered from the most recent grantee semi-annual reports,
  • Find a Program: Listings of OFA-funded programs by region and by state, and
  • Resources: Research, briefings, and products that support HMRF programs and economic sustainability.

Visit the new Web site here.


The Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation: A Family-Strengthening Program for Low-Income Families: Final Impacts from the Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation, January 2014

The U.S. Department of Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) released a report that provides an overview of the Supporting Healthy Marriage program model. The report also includes final (30-month) impact findings on a range of outcomes including marital stability, relationship quality, co-parenting, and adult and child well-being. Results indicated that the program did not increase the likelihood that couples stayed together or improve co-parenting or measurably benefit children, but produced small positive effects in the relationship quality domain.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/shm2013_30_month_impact_reportrev2.pdf


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Out-of-Wedlock & Teen Pregnancy

Resources for this subtopic have not yet been posted.

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Fatherhood

Fatherhood in the Inner City, June 2014

On June 11, 2014, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) hosted a brown bag "Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City." This brown bag featured Kathryn Edin from John's Hopkins University. Ms Edin discussed their research on unwed fathers, fatherhood, and relationship formation. Their presentation featured personal accounts from fathers and their experiences and relationships with their own children and discussed future strategies on how to improve father involvement in a child's life and promote healthy relationship formation.

Webinar Transcript [OCX - 94 KB] Webinar Recording [MP3 - 6,874 KB] Powerpoint Presentation [PDF - 1,564 KB]


Video Clips: "Take Time to Be a Dad Today", June 2014

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) released a series of public service announcement (PSA) video clips that are meant to inspire dads throughout the country to get more involved in their children's lives. The NRFC partnered with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstars to be featured in these clips.

To view the PSA video clips, please click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G9FcjzjoEI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXRdcLMKkSk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBDy366oqNI


Poverty: Young Dads and Disadvantage, February 2014

The Institute for Research on Poverty released a fact sheet that outlines the challenges faced by young dads in the United States. The fact sheet explores educational background, marriage rates, and overall rates related to access to resources.

For more information, please see: http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/factsheets/pdfs/Factsheet4-YoungDads.pdf


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


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/


Responsible Fatherhood Toolkit: Resources from the Field, 2013

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse developed a toolkit that includes resources and strategies that have been found to be effective in working with fathers and increasing their financial, parenting and family support capacities. It also includes resources on effectively communicating and marketing to help programs connect with fathers, as well as case management approaches that have proven to work well with this population.

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


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


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 study reviews results of a pilot employment program in New York, a part of the Strengthening Families Through Stronger Fathers Initiative. The program provided employment-oriented services, fatherhood/parenting workshops, case management, and other support services to nearly 4,000 parents behind in their child support in four New York communities. The evaluation shows that these programs successfully helped participants find work and increase their earnings.

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


Promising Practices in Self-Sufficiency & Employment Programs for Fathers: Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Research Findings, June 2009

This report compiles and analyzes information from seven father self-sufficiency/employment programs that were rigorously evaluated. Common implementation themes emerged, including: partnering with job placement and other agencies to serve low-income fathers; enabling vocational specialists to assist fathers on a one-to-one basis; offering a comprehensive range of services to help fathers overcome self-sufficiency barriers; and using incentives to recruit fathers.

Click here to view the report. [PDF - 1,950 KB]


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