Fathers matter when it comes to the success of their children and the economy of the United States. With the fatherhood movement at a crossroads in the early 2000s, it seemed a good time to assess what the emerging fatherhood field had accomplished to date and to identify the challenges that remain. This paper traces the history of the fatherhood field, reviews its achievements thus far and identifies specific areas in need of further efforts. To truly understand the issue, this report asserts that fathers themselves need to be involved in the research and solutions. 

February 20, 2002

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The history of the responsible fatherhood movement, including funders, researchers, leaders and organizations.

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    7 core learnings from fatherhood research.

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    How joblessness affects fatherhood and the U.S. economy.

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    The effect involved fathers have on their kids.

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    What role state and federal government played in fatherhood efforts.

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    What challenges face the fatherhood field.

Key Takeaway

“responsible fatherhood” now effectively communicates a basic idea that most Americans recognize and support: Fathers Matter

While the poverty rate for children in two parent families is 8%, the rate for children in divorced families is 31%, and for children whose parents never married the poverty rate is 64%. 

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