ERIC Number: ED385383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
America's Fathers and Public Policy: Report of a Workshop.
Crowell, Nancy A., Ed.; Leeper, Ethel M., Ed.
This report reviews the activities of a workshop "America's Fathers: Abiding and Emerging Roles in Family and Economic Support Policies (Washington, D.C., September 26-28, 1993). The workshop focused on the role of fathers in the American family, especially on issues related to child support, teenage fathers, fathers of children with disabilities, and inner-city poor fathers. The workshop sought to: (1) advance understanding of factors that facilitate or inhibit fathers' participation in programs designed to provide support for families; (2) document and integrate what is known about the effects of family and economic support policies on fathers' involvement, or lack thereof, with their children; (3) identify mismatches between the knowledge base and assumptions embedded in both current and proposed public policies; and (4) frame questions for research to better inform family and economic support policies. The report addresses public policy initiatives related to child support enforcement, establishment of paternity, child support assurance, custody, fathers' rights, young fatherhood programs, and teenage fatherhood prevention. It concludes by highlighting the importance of adopting a life-span perspective on fathering, approaching fathering as a negotiated role, considering the community context of fathering, and contributing to the development of innovative programs and policies for fathers. An appendix contains the workshop agenda. (Contains 113 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Child Support, Disabilities, Early Parenthood, Family Relationship, Fathers, Federal Programs, Inner City, Lower Class Parents, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Program Development, Public Policy, Social Science Research, Workshops
Board on Children and Families, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20418.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Board on Children and Families.