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Final FRPN Webinar
Findings from FRPN-Funded Projects 4: Fatherhood and Public Policy— Employment Among Fathers with Criminal Records, CPS-Investigated Maltreatment by Fathers, Including Fathers in Homeless Shelters and Addressing Domestic Violence in Fatherhood Programs

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
3 - 4:30 PM EST

Please join us for the final FRPN webinar featuring fatherhood research conducted in real world settings with public policy implications. It will highlight findings from four FRPN-funded studies dealing with fatherhood in key public policy areas: state laws on access to criminal records and employment, investigations of child maltreatment perpetrated by fathers, including fathers in homeless shelters, and addressing domestic violence in fatherhood programs.

Moderator: Jessica Pearson, Center for Policy Research, Denver


  • Lenna Nepomnyaschy & Allison Dwyer Emory, & Alexandra Haralampoudis. Rutgers University, NJ. State Policies and Employment Outcomes among Fathers with Criminal Records
  • Julia Kobulsky and Rachel Wildfeuer, Temple University, PA. Child Protective Services-Investigated Maltreatment by Fathers: Distinguishing Characteristics and Disparate Outcomes
  • Karin Garg & Karen Hudson, Temple University, PA. Exploring Systems Change: Adoption, Implementation, and Consequences of the Inclusion of Fathers with their Families in Homeless Shelters
  • Kristie Thomas & Fernando Mederos, Simmons University, MA. Responsible Fatherhood Groups and Domestic Violence Education: An Exploratory Study of Current Practices, Barriers, and Opportunities

Register for the webinar here.

New FRPN Grantee Report

Since 2014, the FRPN has awarded funding to 20 research projects - 13 competitive awards and seven invited small awards. Seven of the 13 competitive research projects are now complete.

A Qualitative Interview Study Regarding Barriers and Facilitators of Engagement in Two Online Education Programs for Separating or Divorcing Parents

Through FRPN-funding, researchers from Indiana University conducted a qualitative interview study to explore barriers and facilitators to participation in online parenting programs that parents were court-ordered to pursue. The study consisted of interviews with 61 parents who received a court order from Delaware Circuit Court in Muncie, Indiana, 30% of whom participated in the parenting program and 70% of whom did not.

While many parents reported positives of the online parenting programs others reported barriers to program participation, including barriers previously associated with in-person programs (e.g., inconvenience) and new barriers (e.g., technology problems).

Improving understanding of such barriers and facilitators may help courts consider how to better assist families during the separation process and offers insights on how courts might better implement orders for services like parent education to improve compliance.

Read the full study report here.
FRPN Webinars

As part of our efforts to build capacity of researchers and practitioners to conduct rigorous evaluation of fatherhood programs, the FRPN has conducted 17 learning community webinars. These webinars are all available for viewing on the FRPN website. Recent webinars include:

A Conversation About State-Level Initiatives for Father Inclusion

Findings from FRPN-Funded Projects 3: Engaging Mothers in Coparenting Interventions: Challenges, Characteristics of Mothers Who Engage & Outcomes

Findings from FRPN-Funded Projects 2: Testing the Use of Cellphones and Online Resources to Engage Fathers and Improve Parenting

Including Fathers in State Programs and Policies: Why Child Support Agencies Should Play a Leadership Role & Availability of New FRPN Planning Grants

Findings from FRPN-Funded Projects I: Home Visiting, Child Welfare Cases & a Meta-Analysis

Contact Us to Learn More

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.