Bringing Fathers into Focus for Child and Family Well-being

The TANF program has been due for reauthorization since 2010. With reauthorization, Congress has the opportunity to reimagine the program to support more families more holistically by guiding states to use funds to support noncustodial caregivers. At the same time, states should consider opportunities to align and streamline access to systems, services, and supports for …

Making Family-Focused Public Assistance, Systems, Supports, and Services Accessible to Noncustodial Fathers Read More »

June 16, 2021
As the COVID-19 emergency and response efforts stretch state budgets, there is an opportunity for Congress to update the child support program to directly fund employment services for noncustodial parents. We know that ensuring living wage employment for caregivers moves the child support program closer to achieving its goal of all children receiving timely and …

Adopting Father-Inclusive and Supportive Principles Across Public and Private Funding Streams Read More »

June 16, 2021
There are legislative opportunities to guarantee counsel to caregivers in family law proceedings and to ensure access to civil legal aid for fathers and families with low incomes. Ensuring access to legal representation and assistance improves outcomes for children and families and improves the efficiency of the civil legal system. At the same time, public …

Transforming Criminal and Civil Legal Systems and Reexamining Public and Private Policies and Practices to Support Justice-Involved Families Read More »

June 16, 2021
As leaders respond to a myriad of crises brought on, exacerbated by, or happening in parallel with the COVID-19 pandemic ‚Äî which is disproportionality impacting BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities ‚Äî we have an opportunity to develop a research and evaluation framework around whole family, father engagement and support to equip stakeholders with the information necessary …

Developing a Research and Evaluation Framework Around Whole Family, Father Engagement and Support Read More »

June 16, 2021
In order for our systems and structures, policies, and practices to reflect the realities of 21st century families and communities, our collective conceptions of those families and communities must accurately reflect families’ lived experiences. Those experiences are increasingly varied and engaged — often despite systemic barriers to engagement. We have an opportunity to reframe narratives …

Reframing Narratives to More Accurately and Positively Reflect Fathers‚Äô Roles in Families and Communities Read More »

June 16, 2021
As leaders at all levels, in public and private sectors, plan and execute immediate and long-term efforts to ensure families bounce back stronger, now is the time to embed father-inclusive, noncustodial parent lenses into platforms and processes.
June 16, 2021