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Administration for Children and Families

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.

Bay Area Male Involvement Network

BAMIN’S Mission is to support increasing positive male involvement in the lives of children and families.

Center for Law and Social Policy

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national nonprofit that works to improve the lives of low-income people. CLASP’s mission is to improve the economic security, educational and workforce prospects, and family stability of low-income parents, children, and youth and to secure equal justice for all.

Child Trends

Researchers in the Fatherhood & Parenting Area investigate family relationships that influence a child’s development from birth through the transition to adulthood. We look at fatherhood and marriage to understand the ways in which they affect child well being. We also study and provide perspectives on family strengths.

Children’s Defense Fund

CDF champions policies that will lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation.

HHS Fatherhood Initiative

Involved fathers provide practical support in raising children and serve as models for their development. Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior compared to children who have uninvolved fathers. Committed and responsible fathering during infancy and early childhood contributes emotional security, curiosity, and math and verbal skills.

Morehouse Research Institute

(MRI) is a self-supporting research and service unit of the department of sociology at Morehouse College. Established in 1990, the MRI is a national clearinghouse of information about the more than 18 million African-American males in the United States. Our major thrust is research, publications and symposia to address the dearth of scholarship on issues affecting African-American men.

National Center for Fathering

We believe every child needs a dad they can count on. Children thrive when they have an involved father—someone who loves them, knows them, guides them, and helps them achieve their destiny. At the National Center for Fathering, we inspire and equip men to be the involved fathers, grandfathers and father figures their children need. In response to the dramatic trend towards fatherlessness in America, Dr. Ken Canfield founded the nonprofit, scientific and education organization. The Center provides practical, research-based training and resources that equip men in virtually every fathering situation to be the involved fathers their children need.

National Head Start Association

A private not-for-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families. It represents more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 2,600 Head Start programs in the United States. NHSA offers a wide variety of services to its members and to the Head Start and Early Childhood Education communities.

U. S. Office of Child Support Enforcement Fathers Page

To assure that assistance in obtaining support (both financial and medical) is available to children through locating parents, establishing paternity and support obligations, and enforcing those obligations. (CSE) is a Federal/State/Tribal/local partnership to help families by promoting family self-sufficiency and child well being.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – Facts for Families

Not all children grow from infancy through their adolescent years without experiencing some bumps along the way. While every child is unique and special, sometimes they encounter emotions, feelings or behavior that cause problems in their lives and the lives of those around them. Families often worry when their child or teenager has difficulty coping with things, feels sad, can’t sleep, gets involved with drug, or can’t get along with family or friends. The AACAP developed Facts for Families to provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. This important information is a public service and the may be duplicated and distributed free of charge as long as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is properly credited and no profit is gained from their use.

Center for Family Policy and Practice

The mission of the Center on Fathers, Families, and Public Policy (CFFPP) is to help create a society in which low-income parents – mothers as well as fathers – are in a position to support their children emotionally, financially, and physically. CFFPP seeks to address the unique barriers affecting low-income fathers, including negative public perceptions. Through the provision of technical assistance, policy research, and public education, CFFPP will work to support low-income fathers and their families and develop public awareness of their needs.

Center for Successful Fathering

The contributions of a Dad are unique and important for children. Yet, getting fathers involved with their children is often difficult because: Our society tells men their primary purpose is to bring home a paycheck. Mothers, who are left in charge of children, don’t know why dads should be involved. Most of today’s moms and dads didn’t have an active father so they don’t know what a dad is supposed to do.

Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth

Fathers Matter – The principle guiding our approach to responsible fatherhood is building upon what works. Over the last three years, we have seeded activity in more than 60 communities. The importance of fathers to families, and of children to fathers, is now understood much more broadly in these communities and throughout the community foundation field.

Family and Corrections Network

Since 1983 Family and Corrections Network has provided ways for those concerned with families of prisoners to share information and experiences in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We have done this through publishing, sponsoring conferences, liaison with other agencies, presentations, and consultation. We have published information on children of prisoners, parenting programs for prisoners, prison visiting, incarcerated fathers, hospitality programs and a variety of other topics. Our mission is to uphold the value of families of prisoners.

Georgia Fatherhood Program

In 1997, the State of Georgia decided to make a real difference in the lives of its children by establishing what was known as the Fatherhood Initiative. The goal of this program was to help the children by helping the parent who could not or would not support them. In partnership with the Department of Human Resources, Office of Child Support Enforcement, the Department of Technical and Adult Education Special Workforce Services began the Fatherhood Initiative as a pilot program at seven technical institutions. Its goal was to educate non-custodial fathers who were not paying child support. Specifically, it targeted low-income, non-custodial parents, those who lacked a high school diploma or GED, and those who had children receiving TANF benefits. It now functions successfully in 33 technical colleges and 3 colleges with technical divisions.

Head Start Bureau Home Page

The Early Head Start (EHS) program is for low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. EHS programs enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; assist pregnant women to access comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care; support parents’ efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and help parents move toward self-sufficiency.

National Center for Children in Poverty

Every generation wants the next one to succeed. But more than 28 million children in the United States live in families that are struggling to make ends meet. Even though most low-income parents work, many are unable to provide economic security for their children—they worry daily about how to pay the bills, put food on the table, and afford needed medical care. The reality is that 39 percent of our nation’s children are growing up in families who are living at the edge. If these children do not succeed, the growth and prosperity of our country is threatened. It is in our nation’s best interest to invest in children today to create a more secure tomorrow—for all.

National Center on Fathers and Families (NCOFF)

The mission of the National Center on Fathers and Families (NCOFF) is to improve the life chances of children and the efficacy of families and to support the conduct and dissemination of research that advances the understanding of father involvement. To achieve it goals, NCOFF seeks to increase and enrich the possibilities for children, ensuring that children are helped and that the system allows for the participation of fathers in their children’s lives.

National Fatherhood Initiative

In 1994, National Fatherhood Initiative was created – to ensure that every child has what they need to succeed: the love and support of an involved, responsible and committed father.
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