ERIC Number: ED468065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Making Fathers Count. Assessing the Progress of Responsible Fatherhood Efforts.
Sylvester, Kathleen; Reich, Kathleen
This report traces the history of the fatherhood field, reviews its accomplishments to date, and identifies areas in need of further work. It is intended for researchers, advocates, practitioners, and funders within the fatherhood field as well as leaders of social services organizations and public agencies that work with women and children but have not historically focused on fathers. It explains that the presence of fathers in children's lives produces a profound and positive impact on the wellbeing of the children. The first section of the report introduces the issue. The second section discusses the history of the fatherhood field (e.g., the fatherhood issue emerges, 1968-87, fatherhood debuts on the federal policy agenda, 1988-93, and federal involvement increases 1994-95). The third section discusses research, focusing on seven core findings about fathers. The fourth section discusses policy (child support and beyond). The fifth section looks at the future of the field (accomplishments, challenges, and the future). The sixth section presents a chronology of the fatherhood field. An appendix offers a listing of national fatherhood organizations. (SM)
Descriptors: Child Support, Child Welfare, Fathers, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Public Policy, Unemployment
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-223-2890; Fax: 410-547-6624. For full text: http://www.aecf.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Social Policy Action Network, Washington, DC.