Federal Fatherhood Policy and Practice
Integrating Approaches that Prioritize and Enhance Father Engagement

On October 17, 2018, the Administration of Children and Families issued an extensive information memorandum to strongly encourage all human service agencies to "work together across governments to jointly create and maintain an environment that prioritizes father engagement as a critical factor in strengthening families and adopt approaches to enhance paternal involvement in all family support and child welfare related programs.  

The extensive document provides information on the Benefits of Father Engagement, Creating a Father-Friendly Family Service Approach and describes in detail how all ACF bureaus and offices can engage fathers and improve outcomes for children and families.

Click here to read the document

Other Federal Fatherhood Policy and Practice Issues

Vicki Turetsky, Commissioner of the Federal Office of Child Support commented recently in the Child Support Report publication on the connection between the Child Support program and the support of Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families - read more


The Earned Income Tax Credit is generally viewed as the most successful federal poverty reduction program.  Over the past year, increasing numbers of policy makers and analysts have promoted the extension of this program to men, particularly nonresident father who are paying child support.  Here is a piece from the Progressive Policy Institute on the topic, titled Dads Need Help Too.


What Works in Fatherhood Programs: Ten Lessons from Evidence-Based Practice, report published by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) in 2008.  The report identifies and details 10 common features from "model" fatherhood programs.  For more information visit the NRFC website, www.fatherhood.gov

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