ERIC Number: ED410020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Map and Track: State Initiatives To Encourage Responsible Fatherhood.
Knitzer, Jane; Bernard, Stanley
This report details current state efforts to promote responsible fatherhood, identifies and profiles specific strategies to encourage fathers to be responsible, and summarizes state father-related data. Chapter 1, "Setting the Context," provides a rationale for the policy interest in fathers and presents the methodology for the study. Chapter 2, "Fatherhood: A National Profile," presents national demographic data and state variations on children in father-absent families; profiles noncustodial and single-parent fathers; and provides father employment, education, and income statistics; and information on child support. Chapter 3, "What the States Say: Toward a Policy Framework for Responsible Fatherhood," summarizes the findings based on state reports, provides in-depth information on the range of state strategies and activities, and discusses issues for the future. Findings revealed a high level of interest in promoting responsible fatherhood, with most states implementing or planning public awareness campaigns and programs to prevent unwanted or too-early fatherhood, strengthen fathers' roles as contributors to economic security of children, enhance their role as nurturers of children, and build leadership capacity to implement a fatherhood agenda. Chapter 4, "State-by-State Summaries of Specific Fatherhood-Related Strategies, Policies, and Indicators," provides a synopsis of each state's strategies to encourage responsible fatherhood and a summary of indicators from 1990-1995 related to families, work, schooling, poverty, and child support. Chapter 5,"State-by-State Descriptions of Fatherhood-Related Strategies and Policies," describes specific state program and policy approaches, based on information collected in early 1997. Appendices include the state policy checklist, indicator summary tables, trend data, and state contacts. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Child Support, Children, Employed Parents, Family Financial Resources, Father Attitudes, Fathers, Incidence, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Responsibility, Parent Rights, Parent Role, Policy Formation, Social Indicators, State Programs, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Tables (Data)
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia School of Public Health, 154 Haven Avenue, New York, NY 10032; phone: 212-304-7100; fax: 212-544-4200 ($19.95; make checks payable to Columbia University).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Children in Poverty, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Support Enforcement