About the Fatherhood Initiative

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The federal Child and Family Services Reviews and the What About the Dads? report indicate there is very little meaningful interaction between fathers and the child welfare system. The Children’s Bureau funded the American Humane Association and its partners, the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, and National Fatherhood Initiative, to create a quality improvement center on non-resident fathers (father who do not live with their children). The center was designed to gain more knowledge on engaging non-resident fathers and their children who are involved in the child welfare system.

The center will determine, through research, the impact of non-resident father involvement on child welfare outcomes, including safety, permanence (stability of foster care placement and family reunification) and general well-being. Included in this design is the examination of the relationship between children, non-resident fathers and paternal relatives. Throughout the five years of the project, information gained will be disseminated to the U.S. Children’s Bureau, subgrantees in four sites, child welfare agencies, private service providers, the courts and legal systems, and other stakeholders.

The QIC-NRF goals are:

  • To promote and support a research-based and outcome-focused approach to inform best practices related to engaging non-resident fathers and paternal family in the public child welfare system.
  • To promote and support a research-based and outcome-focused approach to determine the impact of father involvement on child safety, permanence and well-being outcomes.
  • To facilitate a collaborative information-sharing and problem-solving national network of professionals.

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