There are relatively few programs for nonresidential fathers, who can influence positive outcomes in children, such as academic achievement, high school graduation, lower rates of aggression and delinquency, improved behavioral adjustment and overall well-being.
Earlier this year, the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN), co-directed by Dr. Jay Fagan, professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University College of Public Health, and Dr. Jessica Pearson, director of the Center for Policy Research, awarded a number of $10,000 mini grants to states and programs addressing this need. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, the FRPN aims to build the evidence base in the fatherhood field, disseminate research findings on fatherhood programs and promote the use of research-based practices by fatherhood programs.
The grant recipients include Families First Colorado, the Connecticut Department of Social Services, the Lexington Leadership Foundation, the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Minnesota Father and Families Network, North Carolina State University’s School of Social Work, the Strong Families Commission, the Parent Support Network of Rhode Island, the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund. The projects will run from February 1 to September 30 of this year.
Dr. Pearson and Dr. Fagan will provide grantees with technical assistance and conduct an evaluation to gauge the elements of effective planning efforts.
Read more about the grants at the College of Public Health.Tags: Friday Letter Submission