Developed as a resource for the Foundation’s Making Connections sites, the document provides a broad overview of fatherhood programs, including what makes them effective, how they pertain to family strengthening strategies and reviews the research about father involvement in low-income children’s lives. The report includes summaries of promising fatherhood programs and includes a list of related research and policy organizations and national fatherhood resources.
Child support is a challenging issue for low-income fathers. In some instances, low-income fathers may be unaware of how the child support system works or what happens when they do not pay. They may avoid interactions with government agencies because of child support debt. In other instances they may end up with criminal records because of child support non-payment.
Fathers Want to be Involved
Contrary to popular belief, research has shown that low-income non-custodial fathers want to be involved with their children. These fathers may face barriers to involvement which can be minimized through various services and supports.
Peer support is an effective element of fatherhood programs. Additionally, outreach to low-income fathers is more effective when it is done by men who have used the services.
Statements & Quotations
A caring father can produce a profound and positive impact on the life of his child simply by being involved.
Effective fatherhood programs are locally based and connected to key actors in their communities, including private-sector employers, policymakers, educators, and leaders of community-based and religious organizations.
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