Healthy father involvement promotes positive child outcomes. Involved fathers spend time with their children, interact positively with them, and provide resources to support their children’s development. Learn about the connection between father involvement and positive outcomes for children and the key predictors of father involvement that organizations can use to ensure their services target key areas to help fathers become and stay involved.
Key demographic information on fathers and research on the effectiveness of programs supporting fathers across the United States that can help programs understand the needs of fathers and how best to support them.
Fatherhood programs emerged in the 1990s as an outgrowth of welfare reform, but have since evolved to include an emphasis on healthy relationships, parenting skills, and father involvement. This brief provides an overview of the initiatives, policies, and programs focusing on supporting fathers that are currently being implemented at the national, state, and local levels across the United States.