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New FRPN Funding Opportunity – State Planning Mini Grants

Last month, the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) announced that we 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.

Applications (one per state) will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 31, 2018.

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. Four of the 13 research projects are now complete.

Evaluating Mother and Nonresidential Father Engagement in Coparenting Services in a Fatherhood Program

The Center for Health and Human Services Research and the University of Cincinnati, Department of Psychology received funding from the FRPN to evaluate an “enhanced coparenting service” offered through the Talbert House Fatherhood Project also located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Because parent engagement was so challenging, the focus of the study shifted to identifying the barriers to engaging nonresidential fathers and the mothers of their children in coparenting services based on interviews with 16 mothers and 30 fathers.

Read the Talbert House study.

Paper Authored by the FRPN Accepted for Publication in Family Process

FRPN co-directors Jay Fagan and Jessica Pearson conducted a literature review examining approaches to measuring dosage in fatherhood programs, rates of dosage, influences on dosage and the associations between dosage and fathers’ outcomes. Studies were limited to programs that conducted randomized control trials, quasi-experimental studies and one-group pretest/post-test designs. Although most programs reported low or moderate dosage levels, some programs achieved high levels of fathers’ participation in parenting, coparenting and economic security classes.

All but one of seven studies reporting effects showed that higher dose levels had positive associations with outcomes such as engagement with children, parenting satisfaction and self-efficacy, perception of coparenting quality, payment of child support and earnings from work.

Learn more about the implications of these findings for fatherhood programs and researchers by downloading Attendance in Community-Based Fatherhood Programs.

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FRPN Co-Director Jay Fagan, PhD | Professor, Temple University School of Social Work

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