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Last Chance to Apply for FRPN State Planning Mini Grants

The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) will issue up to 12, $10,000 grants to support state planning projects to develop, augment or sustain initiatives to promote father inclusion in policies and practices in state agencies, departments and programs that serve families.

There are just two weeks left to apply for this funding. Applications (one per state) will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 31, 2018.

As a reminder, planning groups must include the State Child Support (IV-D) director or his/her designee, a researcher with a focus on fatherhood or family policy and at least one other high-level state official. Awards will be made to a single administering agency such as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, a state or local government agency, a public or private university or a research organization.

Download the application here.

Learn more about this funding opportunity by downloading these slides from a recent FRPN webinar with the National Child Support Enforcement Association.

FRPN Grantee Report

Since 2014, the FRPN has awarded funding to 13 research projects and six invited small awards. Five of the 13 research projects are now complete.

Do Responsible Fatherhood Programs Work? A Comprehensive Meta-analytic Study

Led by Drs. Erin Holmes and Alan Hawkins, a team of Brigham Young University researchers conducted a meta-analysis of studies of fatherhood programs targeting unmarried, never married and low-income fathers. A search of published and unpublished articles and reports from academic databases and government agencies yielded 270 studies that were potentially eligible for the analysis but, as is normally the case in meta-analysis, only a fraction met the inclusion criteria.

Twenty-four of the 270 studies that employed a control/treatment design were included in the study. Results showed that the identified programs produce small but statistically significant effects for the populations they serve. The researchers found that father involvement, parenting and co-parenting were significantly impacted. The strongest effect size was in co-parenting skills. The researchers discuss implications of these findings for programs and researchers in the study.

Read the Brigham Young University study.

FRPN Research Brief: Parenting Programs for Incarcerated Fathers

More than half of incarcerated men in the U.S. report having children under the age of 18. The experience of incarceration is a multi-faceted risk factor for fathers, children and their families. This brief examines the effects of the incarceration of fathers on communities, families and children; the experiences of fathers before, during and after their incarceration; and programs for incarcerated fathers that have demonstrated positive impacts for fathers, families and children.

Download the research brief here.

Happy Holidays!

We thank you for your support throughout 2018 and offer warm wishes for the holiday season.

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FRPN Co-Director Jay Fagan, PhD | Professor, Temple University School of Social Work
FRPN Co-Director Jessica Pearson, PhD | Director, Center for Policy Research

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The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network is supported by grant #90PR0006 from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents are solely the responsibility of the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network, Temple University and the Center for Policy Research and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, the Administration for Children and Families or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.