Supporting Organizations

As part of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, President George W. Bush authorized federal funding for responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage programs. President Barack Obama has also consistently mentioned fatherhood as an important part of his domestic agenda throughout his administration. In 2010, the President launched his Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative as a call for a national conversation on responsible fatherhood and healthy families. More recently, he announced the launch of My Brother’s Keeper, which is an initiative focused on creating new opportunities for boys and young men of color.

Federal support of fatherhood and healthy relationship programs is reflected in the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance current funding of 120 programs throughout the country.

There are many federal, regional, state and community based programs and initiatives that serve or study fathers. FRPN is collaborating with these entities to increase understanding of the value of evaluating fatherhood programs as well as the various services provided by the Network. Below are descriptions of organizations that support the work of the FRPN and links to their websites.  

Federal Partners

As a federally funded project, the FRPN works closely with divisions in the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families to accomplish our goals. Administration for Children and Families The Administration for Children and Families is a division of the US...Read more


Online clearinghouses are federally funded resources that provide tips and tools for working with individuals, families and fathers. These websites contain a wealth of information including tips for building programs, recruiting participants, public awareness, data and opportunities for...Read more

Center for Policy Research

Center for Policy Research (CPR) is a nonprofit Colorado corporation established in 1981 to plan, develop and test projects that aim to improve the lives of children and their families. CPR’s research and evaluation projects deal with innovations in child welfare, child support, family violence,...Read more

Center for Urban Families

Since 2007, the Center for Urban Families has helped more than 27,000 Baltimore fathers and families achieve family stability and economic success. The organization offers a variety of services including responsible fatherhood programming, workforce development and healthy relationships counseling...Read more

Child and Family Research Partnership

The Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) is an independent, nonpartisan research group at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in issues related to young children, teens and their parents. Cynthia Osborne, director of CFRP, serves...Read more

Child Trends

Focused on improving the lives of children and youth, Child Trends issues comprehensive research reports, data and analyses to improve policies and programs targeted to children ages birth to adulthood. Frank Walter, Child Trends vice president of strategic communications, serves on the FRPN...Read more

Fathers and Families Coalition of America

Fathers and Families Coalition of America (FFCA) is a national agency committed to delivering effective services, education, training and advocacy to make a difference in the fatherhood field. The organization’s national fatherhood conference is one of the most popular in the field each year. James...Read more

Mathematica Policy Research

With a focus on improving public well-being, Mathematica Policy Research leads information collection and analysis for partners and clients. The organization works nationwide and across the globe to serve federal agencies, state and local governments, foundations, universities, professional...Read more


MDRC was created in 1974 by the Ford Foundation and a group of federal agencies. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect the poor. MDRC works as an intermediary, bringing together...Read more

National Center for Family and Marriage Research

The National Center for Family and Marriage Research was formed at Bowling Green State University in 2007. The Center conducts research to “improve our understanding of how family structure is linked to the health and well-being of children, adults, families, and communities and to inform policy...Read more

National Center on Fathering

The mission of the National Center for Fathering is to improve the well-being of children by inspiring and equipping men to be more effectively involved in the lives of children. The organization is known for its Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) program and features a fatherhood library on its...Read more

National Council on Family Relations

Founded in 1938, the National Council on Family Relations includes more than 3,400 members who are focused on family research, practice and education. NCFR publishes three scholarly journals, hosts an annual conference, has established the Certified Family Life Educator credentialing program and...Read more

National Fatherhood Initiative

The mission of National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the number of children growing up with involved, responsible and committed fathers. NFI conducts numerous training events for fatherhood organizations on a regular basis. The organization also...Read more

National Fatherhood Leaders Group (NFLG)

The National Fatherhood Leaders Group (NFLG) is a coalition of individual fatherhood practitioners and community based organizations working to elevate and sustain the fatherhood field. The organization features a wide policy agenda including sufficient funding of fatherhood programs; child support...Read more

National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute

The National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute provides training, technical assistance, research, leadership development and resource support. The organization offers a variety of culturally competent curricula as well as establishs Kinship Circles across the country to encourage and challenge...Read more

National Partnership for Community Leadership (NPCL)

The National Partnership for Community Leadership (NPCL) provides training initiatives for responsible fatherhood and community organizations to develop and implement effective services for low-income families. The organization hosts an annual international fatherhood conference, provides monthly...Read more



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