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Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Grants

The purpose of the Responsible Fatherhood grants is to promote responsible fatherhood by funding programs that support healthy marriage activities, promote responsible parenting, and foster economic stability.  The grants will enable fathers to improve their relationships and reconnect with their children and will help fathers overcome obstacles and barriers that often prevent them from being the most effective and nurturing parent possible.

ACF Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse

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2006 Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Grants

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 provided funding of $150 million in each of five years for healthy marriage promotion and responsible fatherhood.  Up to $50 million was available each year for activities promoting fatherhood, such as counseling, mentoring, marriage education, enhancing relationship skills, parenting, and activities to foster economic stability.

2011 Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Grants

The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-291) provides funding of $150 million in each of five years for healthy marriage promotion and responsible fatherhood.  Each year, $75 million is available for activities promoting fatherhood, such as counseling, mentoring, marriage education, enhancing relationship skills, parenting, and activities to foster economic stability.

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Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.

ACF through its Office of Research, Planning, and Evaluation (OPRE) conducts a broad range of research on child and family wellbeing, including research on promoting responsible fatherhood.  OPRE has also published a Catalog of Research Programs for Low-Income Fathers.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF provides assistance and work opportunities to needy families by granting states the federal funds and wide flexibility to develop and implement their own welfare programs.  Citizens may apply for assistance at their local TANF agency.

In addition to cash assistance to families states may use their TANF Block Grants to fund economic assistance programs, including programs designed to help low-income fathers.  Information on some of these activities is available through The Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network.

Evaluation of the Priority Area 5, 2006 Responsible Fatherhood Grants

The Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and their Partners (Priority Area 5) are being evaluated to determine if providing support to help families sustain and strengthen marriages and family relationships during incarceration has positive impacts on subsequent family and re-entry outcomes.  Implementation and impact evaluations are being conducted.  Reports from the implementation study are available.  Findings from the impact study will be released beginning in 2013.

ACF Questions and Answers Support

Can't find what you need?  ACF stores all answers to its frequently asked questions (FAQ) in a database.  You may search by category, keywords, or phrases.  Submit a question or comment using the above website to ACF staff who will reply to you by e-mail.

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