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[Free FRPN Webinar] Tracking State Policies on Fathers to Improve Policy Development and Equity

Posted by Melissa Byers

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Feb 8, 2022


This webinar will introduce Policies and Programs Affecting Fathers: A State-by-State Report, a new compilation prepared by the Center for Policy Research (CPR) and the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN). Father policies and programs in areas of child support, child welfare, and criminal justice will be presented.

Hear from policymakers and stakeholders on the status of state policy on fathers in these areas and how practitioners can use state-by-state information to better serve fathers and improve state legislation, programs, and policy.

Webinar participants include:

  • Jessica Pearson, Director, Center for Policy Research and Director, Fatherhood Research & Practice Network
  • Shaneen Moore, Deputy Assistant Commissioner and Director, Children and Family Services, Child Support Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Derrick “David” Bryant, Youth and Family Program Specialist, Prevention and Early Intervention, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Christopher A. Brown, President, National Fatherhood Initiative

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022; 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST.

Register for the webinar here.

Prepare for the Webinar by reviewing the 3 available Chapters of the report!

About the Policies and Programs Affecting Fathers - A State-by-State Report

Jessica Pearson, Ph.D., co-director of the FRPN and the Center for Policy Research (CPR), along with CPR research analyst and Ph.D. candidate, Rachel Wildfeuer, have authored a 12-chapter compilation of policies and programs that support the engagement of fathers with their children in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

This groundbreaking report covers ten areas of public life: child support, child welfare, criminal justice, early childhood, education, employment, family law, food and housing, health and mental health, and responsible fatherhood. In each area, the authors present state-by-state information on the adoption of a variety of policies and programs that have the potential to support parent-child contact and/or remove barriers to parent-child contact that low-income, nonresident fathers face. The report creates a baseline against which future change might be assessed and a guide to supportive state policy options. Three chapters of this state-by-state report are now available for download on the FRPN website:

Future chapters will be introduced in the FRPN Blueprint over the next few months.


Learn more about the Father Engagement Academy by National Fatherhood Initiative

Topics: child support, fatherhood research, child welfare, Featured, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, State & Local Agencies

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