Many responsible fatherhood programs provide employment and job training to noncustodial parents. Evaluations of effectiveness in achieving employment, income and financial stability for participants are needed. This brief explores some of the ways in which these items have been measured in past research and some of the issues to consider when selecting measures.
For programs that provide financial education, employment, or child support services, measuring financial support and documenting changes in economic stability and financial support over time are critical elements of program evaluation. This brief considers ways to measure the provision of formal and informal child support and the challenges associated with the reliable collection and analysis of information on financial support.
The child support and child welfare project was undertaken to improve collaboration between sister agencies in multiple jurisdictions. The Center for Policy Research of Denver, Colo., with grant funding from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, conducted two meetings in Washington, D.C., in 2006 and 2007 to bring together top-level managers and other key representatives of child welfare and child support Read More
Jefferson County, Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Justice Services was awarded funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, through the Second Chance Act to develop and test a comprehensive new approach to providing re‐entry services to offenders released to Jefferson County, Colorado. The project, named Getting It Right was a strategic planning effort to develop, implement and evaluate a Read More
There are several reasons that programs serving fathers should be concerned with intimate partner violence (IPV). The widespread nature of the problem makes it a logical topic for fatherhood programs to cover when dealing with parental conflict. Evidence suggests that men who have engaged in IPV may have significant parenting difficulties that need to be addressed and fatherhood programs offer a forum Read More
Building Assets for Fathers and Families Initiative in Tennessee (BAFF) aimed to improve the economic stability of low‐income families in the child support system by engaging noncustodial parents (NCPs) in financial education, savings activity, and asset‐building activities. Conducted in Shelby County, Tennessee (Memphis), during November 2011 to December 2013, the key project partners were the Tennessee Department of Human Read More
This document draws on data from several different sources to explore the experiences of Louisiana foster parents. The primary goal is to identify areas in which foster parents need additional training and support. A brief demographic profile of the foster parents who were interviewed or surveyed is included, as is a brief overview of their experiences as foster parents. This Read More
This toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to establishing a workforce program for unemployed or underemployed, low-income noncustodial parents (NCPs) in the child support system. It is intended for use by child support agencies interested in developing workforce programs for NCPs who have employment problems and are consequently unable to pay their child support obligations.
The State of Tennessee Department of Human Services, Child Support Division (CSD) was awarded a strategic planning grant (#90FD0177) from the U.S. Department of Human Services, Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) in September 2011. The project, titled “Integrating Workforce Strategies with Child Support Services,” was a strategic planning effort designed to engage multiple agencies in a collaborative process Read More
In October 2009, the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) was awarded a grant from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) to develop, implement, and evaluate a program providing employment, parenting time, and case management services to low‐income, unwed parents in the child support program in three Tennessee judicial districts: the 11th (Chattanooga), 20th (Nashville), and 26th Read More