Responsible Fatherhood/Healthy Marriage
Too many children live in communities where a large number of families are absent of fathers. This situation places kids at great risk and requires single mothers to do the job of two parents. It also allows for an increasing number of father-age men who are unattached to their kids, families, communities, and the world of work.
Single parents -- especially young mothers -- with only one income face great challenges in their efforts to raise successful, financially secure kids. Our desire to help reverse this trend has led us, in recent years, to make investments aimed at advancing a national movement to promote the importance and benefits of responsible fatherhood and grants that promote marriage and the formation of two-parent families.
The Casey Foundation's investments in responsible fatherhood are driven by our belief that children are better off when their fathers receive encouragement and support to acknowledge paternity of their kids. They must learn how to have respectful relationship with their children’s mothers. They need access to opportunities to provide ongoing financial support for their families. They also must become actively involved in caring for and raising their children.
In 2010, we will focus our investments on building the capacity of our key partners to develop th tools and access the technical assistance they need to assure the field's sustainability. We will also fund long-time leaders in the field so that they can continue to provide leadership and remain active in national policy discussions.