Restoring Fathers to Families and Communities

Six Steps for Policymakers

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

February 21, 2000


This detailed, six-step guide tells state and local officials how to act, legislatively and administratively, to help America’s fathers help their children. At every step, it offers clear recommendations for promoting father involvement, examples from the front lines, and resources for learning more. 

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

Officials: It’s time to invest in fathers and this guide tells how

The six-step strategy for supporting fathers is: 1) teach men to be good parents; 2) help fathers improve relationships with their children’s mothers; 3) remove barriers to work for low-income fathers; 4) use federal funds for fathers’ programs; 5) make the child support system work for families; and 6) campaign to reinforce the message that fathers matter.

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