ERIC Number: ED400939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Disconnected Dads: Strategies for Promoting Responsible Fatherhood. Family Impact Seminar (Washington, DC, June 23, 1995). Background Briefing Report and Seminar Highlights.
Ooms, Theodora; And Others
Noting that a growing number of men are not fulfilling their financial, moral, or social responsibilities to their children, this report aims to provide a rough "map" of the main elements of an emerging fatherhood movement along with a discussion of related policy and program initiatives. The report also provides selected examples of innovative programs and initiatives to illustrate strategies that federal and state policymakers can employ to encourage responsible fatherhood. Organized according to the three main dimensions of paternal responsibility--avoiding out-of-wedlock births, providing financial support, and building caring relationships with their children--the reports contains the following sections: Part I, "The Fatherhood Movement," which includes the background of its establishment and discussions of fathers' rights groups, programs for fathers in "fragile" families, public information and education campaigns about fatherhood, and paternal involvement in family service programs; Part II, "Prevention of Teen and Out-of-Wedlock Births," which includes discussions on sex and family life education and male involvement in family planning; Part III, "Responsibility To Provide Economic Support," which includes a discussion of child support issues and the roles of policymakers as well as the government in improving child support; Part IV, "Connecting Fathers with Their Children," which includes a discussion of the roles and importance of fathers and strategies for developing healthier father-child relationships; Part V, "Summary and Conclusions," which includes a discussion of the key issues addressed in the report; Part VI, "Resources and References," which includes listings of electronic resources, video resources, names of fatherhood organizations, and bibliographic references; and Part VII, "Highlights of the Seminar," which includes summaries of seminar speakers' comments. The report concludes with a table of strategies to promote responsible fatherhood. Contains 108 references. (MOK)
Descriptors: Child Support, Family Financial Resources, Family Life Education, Family Structure, Fathers, Financial Support, Government Role, Legal Responsibility, Parent Associations, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent Responsibility, Parent Role, Policy Formation, Sex Education, Social Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Family Impact Seminar (FIS), The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation, Washington, DC.