ERIC Number: ED475642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Bay Area Fatherhood Initiatives: Policymaker and Practitioner Perspectives on Intergrating Fathering Efforts. A Report from the Bay Area Fathering Integrated Data System (BAyFIDS) II Project.
Gadsden, Vivian L.; Rethemeyer, R. Karl
The past 10 years have been a period of enormous growth in efforts around father involvement, with local government systems attempting to meet the needs of the diverse father population. The Bay Area Fathering Indicators Data System (BAYFIDS) Project is designed to track and analyze the operation and impact of fathering programs and describe the nature of local and county policy efforts around fatherhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. This report expands in two ways on an earlier study conducted in 2000: (1) it offers through the directory an updated count of programs; and (2) it addresses directly policy changes in the nine counties as they relate to program development, implementation, expansion, and devolution. Chapter 1 of the report, the BAYFIDS directory, updates the findings regarding programs in the Bay Area as of Spring 2003. Chapter 2 summarizes data from telephone surveys with policymakers in county child support services, social services agencies, and county departments of education and with practitioners representing the "master group" from the 2000 study; the survey was to determine ways in which they have experienced change, problems, and possibilities. Chapter 3 discusses cross-cutting themes and offers conclusions. Survey findings revealed that fatherhood, male involvement, and unwanted fatherhood prevention were of relatively low priority for the social service agencies in the Bay Area. Practitioners suggested that child and family service organizations may have internalized some key ideas from the fatherhood movement and integrated them into their programs. Balanced against this picture for fathering efforts was the retrenchment found in publicly sponsored father support programs. (KB)
Descriptors: Children, Community Programs, Counties, Fathers, Government Role, Local Government, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Program Attitudes, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Public Policy
National Center on Fathers and Families, University of Pennsylvania, 3440 Market Street, Suite 450, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3325. Tel: 215-573-5500; Fax: 215-573-5508; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ncoff.gse.upenn.edu. For full text: http://www.ncoff.gse.upenn.edu/bayfids/bayfids-report-2003.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. National Center on Fathers and Families.
Identifiers - Location: California