Reports and Publications

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  • Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-Being

    Thirteen years have passed since the last comprehensive review of the fatherhood field, Map and Track: State Initiatives to Encourage Responsible Fatherhood (Bernard & Knitzer, 1999). In the interim, two recessions, funding cuts, and tight fiscal conditions have made it extremely unlikely that states would fund fatherhood initiatives without federal subsidies. Given diminished opportunities to leverage public funds for responsible fatherhood, organized philanthropy has also reduced funding for responsible fatherhood.

  • Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative Strategic Plan

    The economic stability of fathers, which includes education, employment services, and supports like affordable housing, transportation, nutritional assistance and child care, is the focus of one of the domains of the Strategic Plan.

  • Connecting Fathers to Children

    Research indicates that children raised in single-parent families are more likely than children raised in two-parent families (with both biological parents) to do poorly in school, have emotional and behavioral problems, become teenage parents, and have poverty-level incomes. In hopes of improving the long-term outlook for children in single-parent families, federal, state, and local governments, along with public and private organizations, are supporting programs and activities that promote the financial and personal responsibility of noncustodial fathers to their children and increase the participation of fathers in the lives of their children.

  • FATHER’S DAY: State’s Fatherhood Initiative a trendsetter | Republican-American (rep-am.com)

    The state legislature and Gov. Ned Lamont this spring approved Senate Bill 289 to strengthen oversight and funding of the Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative, which since 1999 has promoted active and positive father involvement in children’s lives.

  • How Father and Family Friendly is CT

    In the fall of 2002, the National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families contracted Lee Mizell Consulting to review the “father- and family-friendliness” of various public policies in the state of Connecticut. This report summarizes those findings.

  • Parenting is not just for moms

    The Connecticut Department of Children and Families unveiled a new mural at its Hartford regional office Friday, June 17, 2022 to celebrate Father’s Day and the agency’s programs and partnerships that support fathers every day. The unveiling event highlighted DCF’s public and private partnerships with the state and regional Fatherhood Engagement Leadership Teams, Fatherhood Engagement Services, and the Department of Social Services’ Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative, which “engage, empower and support fathers” in their communities.

  • Promoting Responsible Fatherhood 18 Month Project Report

    The Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Project seeks to deliver an intervention across three areas: Healthy Marriage, Responsible Parenting, and Economic Stability.

  • Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Final Report 2013

    This report provides data for five years of data collection (2006-2011). This report is comprised of information for participants who consented to participate in the evaluation component of the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Project.

  • Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Year 2 Report

    This report provides data for Year 2, October 1, 2007 – September 30, 2008. This report is comprised of information for participants who consented to participate in the evaluation of the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Project.

  • Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Year 3 Report

    This report provides data for Year 3, October 1, 2008 – September 30, 2009. This report is comprised of information for participants who consented to participate in the evaluation component of the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Project.

  • Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Year 4 Report

    This report provides data for Year 3, October 1, 2009 – September 30, 2010. This report is comprised of information for participants who consented to participate in the evaluation component of the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Project.

  • Safe Engagement Model

    Fathers have a significant and long‐lasting impact on the lives of their children. They are a powerful force in their children’s lives whether they are directly involved or absent from their children’s daily lives. Fathers’ influence on their children’s lives ranges from their children’s social, academic, and cultural development to their children’s physical, emotional and spiritual growth. While always significant, the impact an individual father has on his children’s lives and development can be positive or negative based on the choices he makes about how to interact with his child and coparent( s).

  • The Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative CFI releases inaugural issue of the CFI Newsletter June 2022

    The purpose of this quarterly publication is to raise awareness of the CFI, share information and resources and potentially expand network to agencies/individuals with whom the CFI has not connected. While the audience may include fathers and mothers, the target is professionals both already connected to the CFI and those who may not yet have formal connections with the CFI. The publication will be disseminated electronically via email blast as well as posted to CFI website. Each issue will focus on an area of fatherhood from various perspectives with an attempt to find the “WIIFM” – the “What’s In It For Me?” – for readers. Stay tuned for the next issue!