ERIC Number: ED344173
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Encouraging Unwed Fathers To Be Responsible: Paternity Establishment, Child Support and JOBS Strategies. Meeting Highlights and Background Briefing Report. Report of a Family Impact Seminar (Washington, D.C., November 16, 1990).
Ooms, Theodora; Owen, Todd
This report presents highlights of a seminar which focused on encouraging paternal financial responsibility. Comments by these speakers are summarized: Pamela Holcomb, a research associate at the Urban Institute; Esther Wattenberg, a professor at the School of Social Work and research fellow at the University of Minnesota; Bernardine Watson, director of the Individual and Family Support Unit, Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), Philadelphia; and Fred Doolittle, assistant director of research, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, New York. These topics, discussed at the seminar, are summarized: (1) the variety of organizations involved in paternity establishment practices; (2) local paternity establishment practices; (3) innovative practices and barriers; (4) barriers to effective paternity establishment; (5) public education and outreach; (6) results of a study of young unwed parents; (7) a site employment and training program designed to offer young fathers a variety of services to help them to fulfill their financial and other parenting responsibilities; and (8) a project whose goal was to test new ways to increase the earnings of unwed/non-custodial parents and to have that translate into increased support for children. A background report is also included which defines terms and discusses trends in out-of-wedlock births; paternity establishment; characteristics of unwed fathers; employment and responsibility of unwed fathers; policy goals and dilemmas; and promising strategies. A reference list of 48 items is included. (ABL)
Descriptors: Child Support, Fathers, Illegitimate Births, Legal Responsibility, Parent Responsibility, Program Effectiveness, Public Policy
Family Impact Seminar, 1100 17th St., N.W., Suite 901, Washington, DC 20036 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Consortium of Family Organizations.
Authoring Institution: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Washington, DC. Research and Education Foundation.; Family Impact Seminar (FIS), The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation, Washington, DC.