Making Fathers Count

Assessing the Progress of Responsible Fatherhood Efforts

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Social Policy Action Network

February 20, 2002

Summary

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. 

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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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