Featured Resources

State of the World's Fathers Report (link) is the world’s first report to provide a global view of the state of men’s contributions to parenting and caregiving.
 
Within Reach: Strategies for Improving Family Economic Stability Toolkit (Link) This toolkit provides suggestions and resources regarding key case management and service delivery components to help low-income program participants move along a pathway toward job and financial security. The toolkit comprises five modules that align with the key component of the Economic Stability and Workforce Development (ESWD) framework—from intake and assessment to work retention and career advancement.
 
Two Approaches to Service Delivery | Practitioner's Brief (PDF) This brief provides a general overview of four Responsible Fatherhood (RF) grantees involved in the Parents and Children Together Evaluation (PACT) Evaluation. The brief: 1) provides a general overview of two approaches to service delivery in fatherhood programs; 2) documents how service delivery is linked to fathers’ characteristics; and 3) describes how service delivery approach may be linked to program participation and retention rates.  Data gathered via staff interviews, program observations conducted during site visits, ongoing interactions with leadership at each program, and data on service receipt from each programs’ management information system was used to create this brief.
 
Self-reported personal challenges of fathers in responsible fatherhood programs | FRPN Research Brief (Link)
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Addressing Child Support in Fatherhood Programs: Perspectives of Fathers and Service Providers by Jennifer M. Threlfall and Patricia L. Kohl. Article first published online: 4 MAR 2015 © 2015 National Council on Family Relations
 
 
At Home Dads
Virtual community for at home dads.
 
Behavioral Economics and Social Policy: Designing Innovative Solutions for Programs Supported by the Administration for Children and Families The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project is the first major opportunity to use a behavioral economics lens to look at programs that serve poor and vulnerable people in the United States. Working with the Texas Office of the Attorney General´s Child Support Division, the BIAS team explored ways to increase the number of incarcerated noncustodial parents who apply for a modification of their child support order, with the goal of preventing further accrual of child support arrears. The project team also engaged with the Illinois Department of Human Services and one of its job search contractors to identify behavioral interventions that could help increase the rate of engagement in job search assistance among clients who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Finally, work with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) focused on reducing the number of callers who reach a hold message but hang up before talking to an NDVH staffer.
 
A series of smart, punchy one-pagers, nicely designed, free, downloadable, evidence-based resources developed by The Fatherhood Institute (UK). They are intended for an international audience of health, education and social care professionals, policy makers, programme managers and designers, researchers and evaluators, mothers and fathers.
 
 
Building Men and Women for Others
Joe and Paula Ehrmann, co-founders of Building Men and Women for Others work to inform, inspire and initiate individual, organizational and societal change that empowers men and women to be their very best personally, professionally and relationally.
 
Center for Family Policy and Practice
The Center for Family Policy and Practice (CFFPP) is a nationally-focused public policy organization conducting policy research, technical assistance, training, litigation and public education in order to focus attention on the barriers faced by never-married, low-income fathers and their families.
 
Center on Law and Social Policy (CLASP): Publications Page
CLASP is a research organization that concentrates on family policy and access to civil legal assistance for low-income families. Family policy projects include welfare reform, workforce development, child care, child support enforcement, child welfare, couples and marriage policy, and reproductive health and teen parents.
 
Three Child Support Strategies to Increase Family Self-Sufficiency (August 2014 Webinar)
 
 
Compendium of Family Self-Sufficiency Surveys and Databases 2013 | Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse | The compendium provides overviews of a large number of national, state, and other large-scale surveys and administrative records databases used by researchers to study topics related to the self-sufficiency of low-income populations.  It includes several publicly accessible, easy-to-use databases that are beneficial to practitioners and policymakers. Link
 
Concerned Black Men Fatherhood Initiative
The overall purpose of the CBM Fatherhood Initiative is to enhance effective and responsible fathering through parenting education and economic stability.
 
Culture Counts: Engaging Black and Latino Parents of Young Children in Family Support Programs - This report provides an overview of family support programs and aims to identify the features and strategies that may be most effective for reaching and engaging black and Latino families, with the ultimate goal of supporting young children’s development. The report presents a synthesis of available research on parent engagement—as well as potential barriers to their engagement—in family support services and programs, and recommendations, for both policymakers and practitioners, for designing, adapting, and evaluating culturally-relevant family support programs and services.
 
Dad At Home
UK-based Dad At Home was formed to offer a unique reference point on being a stay-at-home dad. Features and articles are written by professional journalists and experts  who have a particular interest or background in the area of stay-at-home fathers.
 
Dad Info
This UK-based site serves as a clearinghouse of information ranging from birth to education.
 
Daughters.com
Daughters.com features advice from experts and parents, an interactive community and has information and resources organized in a variety of topics, from body image and building friendships to dating and communicating successfully.
 
Family and Corrections Network
FCN is an organization for and about families of prisoners. FCN offers information, training and technical assistance on parenting programs for prisoners, incarcerated fathers and mothers, the impact of the justice system on families, prison marriage and much more.
 
Engaging Fathers - Evidence Review (Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth)  (PDF) This report aims to set out the knowledge and implementation support that is mostly likely to be effective in changing practice to fully engage fathers in Family and Children services. Recent research (published ~2008-2014) linking fathers’ behaviours with children’s wellbeing is reviewed and barriers and facilitators to including fathers in services are identified. Effective approaches to father inclusion are described and examples of evidence-based programs targeting fathers are presented. 
 
The Family Engagement Inventory is meant to help practitioners working in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, and education settings. It shows commonalities across fields, and allows you to contrast family engagement across disciplines. 
 
Father Involvement Research Alliance (FIRA)
FIRA is a pan-Canadian alliance of individuals, organizations and institutions dedicated to the development and sharing of knowledge focusing on father involvement and the building of a community-university research alliance supporting this work.
 
Fatherhood.gov
One of the key policy goals and priorities set out by US President Barack Obama is the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood and Strong Communities. As part of this goal, the White House has partnered with a number of other Federal Departments to promote these partnerships and activities that promote fatherhood in local communities. Note: this is the same website as the National Fatherhood Clearinghouse below.
 
Fatherhood and mental illness - This paper from Australia provides practitioners and policy-makers with a broad overview of some of the key issues identified in the growing literature on paternal mental illness. Read it here.
 
 
The Fatherhood Institute: The UK’s Fatherhood Thinktank
The Fatherhood Institute provides news, training information, policy updates, research summaries and guides for supporting fathers and their families.
 
 
 
Family Violence Prevention Fund
The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to prevent violence within the home and in the community. See especially their comprehensive tool kit designed to help you work with men and boys to prevent gender-based violence. It provides readings, case studies, handouts, exercises, and other resources as well as community-building tools.
 
Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) website.
 
 
The National Fatherhood Initiative's Free ebook, How to Start a Direct Service Fatherhood Program provides insights on starting, funding, and maintaining a successful fatherhood program.
 
Leap of Reason provides free practical guides to developing the discipline and culture of performance management and therefore social impact. 
 
Moynihan Revisited In 1965 Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan published a report entitled: The Negro Family: The Case For National Action. The report later became known at the Moynihan Report. By most accounts, it is probably the most poignant collection of statistical analysis, combined with social commentary in the last 45 years; not because of what it reveal; but because of how close it has come to the truth. This project sets out to re-conduct much of the relevant research complied by the Moynihan Report. Follow this link for the video presentation from the February 2013 Forum. Follow this link for video recording of the full Forum.
 
My Brother's Keeper
President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.  My Brother's Keeper Task Force Report (May 2014)
 
The National Center for Fathering
The mission of the National Center for Fathering is to improve the well-being of children by inspiring and equipping men to be more effectively involved in the lives of children.
 
National Center for State Courts
Fatherhing Courts Resource Guide: Fathering Courts are problem solving courts that use alternatives to incarceration in an attempt to assist non-custodial parents with unpaid child support and enhance the delinquent parent’s employment options. The purpose is to increase child support payments, reduce expenditures by the state, and improve relationship between non-custodial parents and their children.
 
The National Center on Fathers and Families (NCOFF)
NCOFF is dedicated to research and practice that expands the knowledge base on father involvement and family development and that informs policy designed to improve the well-being of children.
 
The National Compadres Network
The National Compadres Network is a national effort whose focus is the reinforcement of the positive involvement of Latino males in the lives of their families, communities, and society.
 
The National Fatherhood Leaders Group (NFLG)
A coalition of national and community-based fatherhood organizations, individual fatherhood practitioners and others interested in fatherhood and family strengthening.
NFLG's Webinar recording, Responsible Fatherhood at the Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here?, October 23, 2013. Featuring Kathryn Edin, Ron Haskins, Ronald Mincy and Vivian Gadsden.
 
National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute (NLFFI)
The goal of NLFFI is to address the multifaceted needs of Latino men and foster a positive approach to working with Latino populations, building on the strengths of familiar cultural traditions.
 
The National Parenting Education Network
The vision of the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) is that all parents/families will have the information, resources and support needed to provide a nurturing relationship and an optimal environment that will encourage their children’s healthy growth and development.
 
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
Primarily a tool for professionals operating responsible fatherhood programs, the NRFC provides access to print and electronic publications, timely information on fatherhood issues, and targeted resources that support Office of Family Assistance-funded Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage grantees.National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse Webinars: As part of the NRFC’s efforts to support the responsible fatherhood field the NRFC hosts a Webinar series. Originally directed toward the Office of Family Assistance-funded Responsible Fatherhood grantee programs, these Webinars focus on a range of programmatic topics, including working with specific populations, evaluation support, and program implementation tools. Links to over 7 years of webinars.
 
The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI)
The mission of NFI is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the number of children growing up with involved, responsible and committed fathers. NFI conducts numerous training events for fatherhood organizations on a regular basis across the US.

National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System
The National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System (QIC NRF) is a collaborative effort between the American Humane Association, the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and National Fatherhood Initiative and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau.

The focus of this project is a result of the federal Child and Family Services Reviews and the “What About the Dads" report, which indicated that there is very little meaningful engagement occurring between the child welfare system and fathers. The QIC NRF promotes the importance of gaining more knowledge regarding the engagement of non-resident fathers and their children who are involved in the child welfare system.

National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers Child Law Practice Series
The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law (ABA) on behalf of the Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers (QIC-NRF) is developing a series of articles for the ABA’s monthly journal, Child Law Practice. There will be six articles drafted by expert consultants identified by the ABA. Articles will cover issues discussed in QIC NRF's year one literature review and needs assessment, such as visitation, constitutional rights and responsibilities and practice tips for attorneys and judges. After the series is published in Child Law Practice, it will be repackaged into a stand-alone book. Completed articles and an author/topic list is available on the QIC-NRF homepage.

Native American Fatherhood and Families Association
NAFFA is strengthening Native American families by enhancing the responsible involvement of fathers in the lives of their children and by fostering communication, professional, education and collaborations among service providers.

The New Dad
Boston College Center for Work & Family’s work on the changing role of fathers.

OFA has issued a Dear Colleague letter describing job-driven training resources
The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) encourages its grantees and partners to make TANF and other employment and training programs more job-driven. OFA has issued a Dear Colleague letter describing job-driven training resources, with a focus on steps that programs can take to engage employers and use labor market information to help improve employment outcomes for TANF recipients and other low-wage workers.The letter (available here) inlcudes The Job-Driven Training Checklist, and links to the Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and Opportunity Report and more.
 
OFA Brown Bag Series: Failing our Fathers, September 2014
Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Brown Bag "Failing Our Fathers: Confronting the Crisis of Economically Vulnerable Nonresident Fathers," featuring Dr. Ronald B. Mincy, a Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice at the Columbia School of Social Work--Columbia University. 
 
 
PolicyLink 1/12/15 Webinar:  The New Proposed Child Support Rule: What It Means for Low-Income Fathers Webinar recording | Webinar slides

Reentry Mythbusters (PDF File)
Resources for programs working with formerly incarcerated fathers from the Federal Interagency Reentry Council.

Refining the task of father-inclusive practice
(Child Family Community Australia information exchange Webinar Resources) This webinar presented the evidence on "what works" to engage fathers, and described recent initiatives using digital technology with dads. Resource Link (video, slides, transcript)

Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage - What's the Connection? (PDF File)
A tip sheet from the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center

Responsible Fatherhood Toolkit: Resources from the Field

Fatherhood programs provide services that support fathers in their roles as major influences in their children’s lives. These programs are helping fathers create loving, nurturing relationships with their children and be actively involved in their lives. This toolkit from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse draws on lessons learned and resources used by fatherhood programs in diverse locales throughout the nation.

The Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework: Branching Out and Reaching Deeper- focuses on families with young children birth – 8 years old.

Strong Fathers - Strong Families

Strong Fathers-Strong Families is a training, technical assistance and facilitation organization that is focused on strengthening children by strengthening fathers and families. Through staff training, consultation and event facilitation, Strong Fathers-Strong Families works with Head Start programs, public schools and churches as well as other organizations.

The Future of the Hispanic Family
In November 2007, the Brookings’s Center on Children and Families and the Annie E. Casey Foundation held a forum to discuss trends in marriage and childbearing in the Hispanic community and address what actions policy-makers and practitioners can take to strengthen Hispanic families and improve the well-being of children in these families.

Tools for Social Innovators The Spark Policy Institute's Tools for Social Innovators is a community toolbox contributed to by experienced and cutting-edge social innovators. Each tool provides practical tools to help funders, nonprofits, business and community leaders enhance their ability to ignite social change.

Policies and Principles to Advance Two-Generation Efforts
Federal and state policymakers can pursue ten effective policies immediately to help parents and children break out of the cycle of poverty. Top Ten for 2-Gen outlines six principles and ten specific policies to guide the design and use of two-generation approaches.

Tossed on a Sea of Change: A Status Update on the Responsible Fatherhood Field (PDF File) by Serena Klempin and Ronald B. Mincy (Center for Research on Fathers, Children adn Family Well-Being)

 
Toxic Stress in Low-Income Families: Understanding Long-Term Effects (webcast) Office of Family Assistance, Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiative

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Fatherhood Website
The federal Promoting Responsible Fatherhood webpage includes resources on marriage, parenting, economic stability, access & support, incarceration, and other resources.

By focusing efforts on "what works," communities and programs are better able to improve participants'health and well-being. To boost the potential of an evidence-based program, it often needs to be implemented with fidelity. Factors such as how well a program's design fits with a community's needs affect how well an evidence-based program can be implemented. HHS's Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has released three issue briefs that cover community readiness and contextual fit of programs, and using evidence-based constructs for program assessment. 
  • Willing, Able -> Ready: Basics and Policy Implications of Readiness As A Key Component for Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions (PDF, 17 pages)
  • The Importance of Contextual Fit When Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions (PDF, 16 pages)
  • Using Evidence-Based Constructs to Assess Extent Of Implementation Of Evidence-Based Interventions (PDF, 18 pages)

Valuing All Our Families: Progressive Policies that Strengthen Family Commitments and Reduce Family Disparities In addition to reviewing the extensive research that has been done on families today, this report offers a framework for understanding family indicators that can influence child and adult outcomes and highlights some key economic and social policies that would strengthen family commitments and reduce family disparities.