Project Summary

Fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives has received increased attention in recent years. In response, support has grown for responsible fatherhood programs aimed at improving the quantity and quality of fathers’ involvement. Research on these programs has concluded that factors such as fathers’ parenting skills, co-parenting relationship quality, and socioeconomic status all impact fathers’ ability to contribute to their
children’s growth and development. Using this previous research as a foundation, the 4 Your Child project will go beyond traditional fatherhood initiatives by integrating the provision of responsible parenting, economic stability, and relationship education services to fathers at risk for paternal disengagement. To do so, the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work will leverage its existing relationship with the Kentucky Office of Child Support Enforcement. Specifically, through 4 Your Child, non-custodial fathers will be provided with a comprehensive, solutionoriented program featuring group based parent education and individualized case management to help them achieve financial independence, increase their parenting skills,
and develop a co-parenting alliance. Given that each of these focus areas have all been cited as three of the strongest predictors of paternal engagement, 4 YourChild and the results of its evaluation will have significant implications for the families it serves, as well as the practitioners, researchers, and policymakers interested in
responsible fatherhood.
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     Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, grant number 90FK0074-01-00. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.