ERIC Number: ED449238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Restoring Fathers to Families and Communities: Six Steps for Policymakers.
Sylvester, Kathleen; Reich, Kathy
This guide lays out a detailed six-step strategy for promoting father involvement, especially among low-income, unwed men. Each of the six steps includes a menu of policy options from which policymakers can choose. Each step also includes detailed examples of what states, communities, and nonprofits nationwide are doing to promote responsible fatherhood, along with contacts and resources for policymakers who want to learn more. The six steps are: (1) teach men to be good parents; (2) help fathers improve relationships with their children's mothers; (3) remove barriers to work for low-income fathers; (4) use federal funds to finance responsible fatherhood programs; (5) make the child support system work for families; and (6) campaign to reinforce the message that "fathers matter." Teaching young men to be responsible fathers involves teaching them to delay parenthood until they reach adulthood, are old enough to marry, and have the education and skills to support their children financially. It also means teaching all fathers, regardless of age, education, or income level, how to relate to their children in healthy and positive ways. (SLD)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Early Parenthood, Fathers, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Nonprofit Organizations, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Public Policy, State Programs, Urban Youth
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-547-6600; Fax: 410-547-6624; Web site: http://www.aecf.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Social Policy Action Network, Washington, DC.