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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.