The FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project

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About This Program

Target Population: Low-income fathers, primarily noncustodial

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

The FATHER Project aims to empower fathers to overcome the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally. It is designed to be a “one-stop shop,” connecting low-income fathers with all the services they need in one location. The FATHER Project has developed a model for bringing together parenting education, child support, GED education, employment services, legal services, and early childhood education under one roof. In addition to fathers, mothers and children also actively participate in FATHER Project services. The model has been used with diverse populations, leveraging the expertise of culturally-specific organizations in implementing the holistic approach. The ultimate long-term impact of the program involves service recipients hopefully progressing to become community leaders through intensive engagement in one of three “Leadership Track” options after key program goals have been accomplished.

Program Goals:

The goals ofThe FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project are:

  • Short-Term Outcomes:
    • Improve parenting attitudes and knowledge
    • Improve parenting skills
    • Increase commitment to fatherhood
    • Increase contact with children
    • Improve job search skills
    • Increase earnings
    • Job placement, retention and advancement
  • Intermediate Outcomes:
    • Increase time spent with children
    • Increase quality of parenting involvement with children
    • Increase earnings and career advancement
    • Increase length of job retention
    • Increase in paternity establishments and child support payments
  • Long-Term Outcomes:
    • Improve well-being of children and families
    • Produce strong, stable, and healthy men, who support their families and strengthen their communities for the long term
    • Increase community involvement, leadership, and volunteerism

Contact Information

Andrew Freeberg, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Goodwill Easter Seals Minnesota
Phone: (651) 379-5874 or (651) 379-5804

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2013

Last CEBC Contact Date: October 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2011