Requests for Proposals

FRPN Grant Funding Awarded 

The FRPN has selected our second group of funded projects. All five projects are led by researcher/practitioner teams and involve the collection of data from program participants and/or staff at pre- and post-program time points to assess changes in father-child relationships and/or coparenting. The grantees include:

  1. Dr. Sarah Whitton, Dr. Kimberly Sperber and Mr. Harold Howard (Talbert House, Cincinnati, Ohio). A randomized controlled trial (RCT) of an enhanced coparenting program compared with a standard coparenting program targeting mothers and fathers enrolled in a fatherhood program.
  2. Dr. Cleopatra Howard Caldwell and Mr. Torrey Barrett (K.L.E.O. Family Life Center, Chicago, Illinois). A supplement supporting the long-term effects of the Fathers and Sons RCT, while testing new FRPN measures for nonresident fathers.
  3. Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder and Jessica Jackson (Alabama Dept. of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, ADCANP). An exploratory process study of the influence of setting (urban/rural), perceived discrimination and program element sequencing on the outcomes for fathers in state-funded fatherhood programs. 
  4. Dr. R. Anna Hayward and Ms. Romarie McCue (Retreat, Inc., Suffolk County Fatherhood Initiative, New York). An RCT to examine the impact of cell phone technology on engagement and retention of fathers in a fatherhood program.
  5. Dr. Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, Amy G. Applegate, JD, Judge Kimberly S. Dowling and Judge Marianne Vorhees (Family Court, Delaware County, Indiana). An RCT of two online parent education programs that teach skills designed to improve child outcomes after parental separation. This study targets paternity cases (the term for family law cases for children with unmarried parents in Indiana courts), in which the father has acknowledged paternity, and divorce cases.

More information about these projects will be posted on the FRPN website in the coming months.


Year One Funding 

In 2014, the FRPN awarded a total $350,000 to four projects to evaluate fatherhood programs. These projects include RCTs; are led by researcher/practitioner teams; and involve the collection of data from program participants and/or staff at pre and post-program time points to assess changes in father-child relationships and coparenting. Learn more about these projects here.

Any questions about current or future FRPN funding opportunities should be directed to Rebecca Kaufman, FRPN senior research coordinator, at



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