NCFR Report: How the States Stand on Supportive Policies and Programs for Low- Income and Nonresident Fathers

Jun 2024 | Jessica Pearson, Ph.D., and Rachel Wildfeuer, Ph.D.

Low-income, nonresident fathers often struggle to stay involved with their children. There is limited research on the impact of state policies and programs on father behavior and child outcomes. Father policies and programs are not routinely tracked and related data, including on racial/ethnic disparities, is unavailable. A unique report provides state-by-state information on supportive father policies and programs in 10 areas of public life. This brief outlines the findings from Policies and Programs Affecting Fathers: A State-by-State Report authored by Center for Policy Research Director Dr. Jessica Pearson and Research Analyst Dr. Rachel Wildfeuer. 

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