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

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. The FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Father Involvement Interventions, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

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

Essential Components

The essential components of The FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project include:

  • Case management services
  • Parenting classes with groups of 10-20 fathers
  • Job placement and employment services
  • Child support services
  • Education services
  • Family law services

Parent/Caregiver Services

The FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:

  • Lack of Employment, in need of family law assistance, in need of a GED, difficulties with child support, lack of parenting skills, and lack of life skills
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:

This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: Families are integrated into many FATHER Project services and activities:Co-parents and romantic partners are welcome in the parenting groupsCo-parents, romantic partners, and other family members are welcome to engage in GED servicesSeveral times each year, family events are held to recognize the work of the participants and build community—including pumpkin carving, Father’s Day celebration, annual participant recognition event, and more.Young children and their parents, including romantic partners and other family member caregivers, participate in the Early Childhood components of the program—with classes at the FATHER Project site as well as home visits to support early childhood development.

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Birth Family Home
  • Community Agency

Homework

The FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project includes a homework component:

Homework for participants active in the GED component of the program. Readings and exercises as a part of the Early Childhood Education and Parenting Education components.

Languages

The FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project has materials available in a language other than English:

Spanish

For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • Space for group sessions; resources to provide light refreshments for group sessions is recommended.
  • A minimum of one dedicated staff who can serve as a Father Services Coordinator and Facilitate parenting groups.
  • Data tracking system for outreach, recruitment and referrals (FATHER Project can provide).
  • Data tracking system for tracking parenting class attendance and outcomes measures (FATHER Project can provide).
  • Forms and systems for working with local child support partners on issues related to intake, eligibility, and case coordination (FATHER Project can provide).
  • Partnerships with your local child support agency, an employment service provider, legal services, early childhood educators, culturally-specific support services, domestic violence prevention, and other services that are primary to the needs of the fathers served.
  • Partners agree to actively participate in a Service Collaborative Committee to guide and inform development of the site, as well as a vehicle for providing the necessary holistic, wrap-around services in the integrated FATHER Project way (FATHER Project provides technical assistance and initial co-facilitation services).

Minimum Provider Qualifications

  • Training as a facilitator in the Parents as Teachers/Meld Peer Group Facilitation method (can be provided by the FATHER Project); initial training is 20 hours.
  • A commitment and passion for responsible fatherhood with previous experiences and skills that inform that service in your local community.

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training is obtained:

Training can be provided onsite or at the Minneapolis location of The FATHER Project.

Number of days/hours:

Varies based on the needs of the site. Initial Peer Group Facilitation training is 20 hours; site exchange training ranges from 1.0 - 2.5 days

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for The FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project.

Contact Information

Name: Andrew Freeberg, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Goodwill Easter Seals Minnesota
Website: www.goodwilleasterseals.org/fatherproject
Email:
Phone: (651) 379-5874 or (651) 379-5804

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2011