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  • Individual Author: Clayton, Obie; Mincy, Ronald; Blankenhorn, David
    Reference Type: Book Chapter/Book
    Year: 2003

    The majority of African American children live in homes without their fathers, but the proportion of African American children living in intact, two-parent families has risen significantly since 1995. Black Fathers in Contemporary American Society looks at father absence from two sides, offering an in-depth analysis of how the absence of African American fathers affects their children, their relationships, and society as a whole, while countering the notion that father absence and family fragmentation within the African American community is inevitable.

    Editors Obie Clayton, Ronald B. Mincy, and David Blankenhorn lead a diverse group of contributors encompassing a range of disciplines and ideological perspectives who all agree that father absence among black families is one of the most pressing social problems today. In part I, the contributors offer possible explanations for the decline in marriage among African American families. William Julius Wilson believes that many men who live in the inner city no longer consider marriage an option because their limited economic...

    The majority of African American children live in homes without their fathers, but the proportion of African American children living in intact, two-parent families has risen significantly since 1995. Black Fathers in Contemporary American Society looks at father absence from two sides, offering an in-depth analysis of how the absence of African American fathers affects their children, their relationships, and society as a whole, while countering the notion that father absence and family fragmentation within the African American community is inevitable.

    Editors Obie Clayton, Ronald B. Mincy, and David Blankenhorn lead a diverse group of contributors encompassing a range of disciplines and ideological perspectives who all agree that father absence among black families is one of the most pressing social problems today. In part I, the contributors offer possible explanations for the decline in marriage among African American families. William Julius Wilson believes that many men who live in the inner city no longer consider marriage an option because their limited economic prospects do not enable them to provide for a family. Part II considers marriage from an economic perspective, emphasizing that it is in part a wealth-producing institution. Maggie Gallagher points out that married people earn, invest, and save more than single people, and that when marriage rates are low in a community, it is the children who suffer most. In part III, the contributors discuss policies to reduce absentee fatherhood. Wornie Reed demonstrates how public health interventions, such as personal development workshops and work-related skill-building services, can be used to address the causes of fatherlessness. Wade Horn illustrates the positive results achieved by fatherhood programs, especially when held early in a man's life. In the last chapter, Enola Aird notes that from 1995 to 2000, the proportion of African American children living in two-parent, married couple homes rose from 34.8 to 38.9 percent; a significant increase indicating the possible reversal of the long-term shift toward black family fragmentation.

    Black Fathers in Contemporary American Society provides an in-depth look at a problem affecting millions of children while offering proof that the trend of father absence is not irrevocable. (author abstract) 

    Chapter 1: The Woes of the Inner-City African American Father - William Julius Wilson

    Chapter 2: Marriage and Fatherhood in the Lives of African American Men - Steven Nock

    Chapter 3: The Marriage Mystery: Marriage, Assets, and the Expectations of African American Families - Ronald Mincy and Hillard Pouncy

    Chapter 4: The Marriage Gap: How and Why Marriage Creates Wealth and Boosts the Well-Being of Adults - Maggie Gallagher

    Chapter 5: The Effects of Crime and Imprisonment on Family Formation - Obie Clayton and Joan Moore

    Chapter 6: Building a Fatherhood Movement in South Carolina - Barbara Morrison-Rodriguez

    Chapter 7: Fatherlessness in African American Families: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Prevention - Wornie Reed

    Chapter 8: Is it Working? Early Evaluations of Fatherhood-Renewal Programs - Wade Horn

    Chapter 9: Making the Wounded Whole: Marriage as Civil Right and Civic Responsibility - Enola Aird 

     

  • Individual Author: Fuger, Kathryn L.; Abel, Michael B.; Duke, Dianna L.; Newkirk, Melissa K.; Arnold, Jodi D.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2008

    Strengthening Families and Fatherhood: Children of Fathers in the Criminal Justice System, otherwise known as Fathers for Life – A Head Start Father Involvement Model, developed as an Innovation and Improvement Project (IIP), funded through the Office of Head Start. Fathers for Life – A Head Start Father Involvement Model (referred to in this document as Fathers for Life) addressed the priority area of Strengthening Families/Fatherhood of the President’s Head Start initiatives. Office of Head Start first awarded Missouri Department of Social Services Family Support Division (FSD) funding to develop a sound logic model and theory of change during a 9-month Planning Phase. During the 3-year Implementation Phase that followed, the logic model continued to develop as the project entered early stages of implementation. This report summarizes the project model and describes the results of these efforts in the state of Missouri, in the local communities in which it was instituted, and in the lives of the fathers who participated. Some concluding comments...

    Strengthening Families and Fatherhood: Children of Fathers in the Criminal Justice System, otherwise known as Fathers for Life – A Head Start Father Involvement Model, developed as an Innovation and Improvement Project (IIP), funded through the Office of Head Start. Fathers for Life – A Head Start Father Involvement Model (referred to in this document as Fathers for Life) addressed the priority area of Strengthening Families/Fatherhood of the President’s Head Start initiatives. Office of Head Start first awarded Missouri Department of Social Services Family Support Division (FSD) funding to develop a sound logic model and theory of change during a 9-month Planning Phase. During the 3-year Implementation Phase that followed, the logic model continued to develop as the project entered early stages of implementation. This report summarizes the project model and describes the results of these efforts in the state of Missouri, in the local communities in which it was instituted, and in the lives of the fathers who participated. Some concluding comments summarize the initiative, pose additional questions, and give suggestions for next steps. (author introduction)

  • Individual Author: McKay, Tasseli; Bir, Anupa; Lindquist, Christine; Corwin, Elise; Stahl, Mindy H.; McDonald, Hope S.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2009

    This brief describes the work of Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage, and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Re-Entering Fathers and Their Partners (MFS-IP) grantees in delivering programming to the partners of incarcerated fathers. The brief documents services offered to partners; challenges encountered in enrolling and serving partners; and solutions grantees employed to meet these challenges. (author abstract)

    This brief describes the work of Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage, and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Re-Entering Fathers and Their Partners (MFS-IP) grantees in delivering programming to the partners of incarcerated fathers. The brief documents services offered to partners; challenges encountered in enrolling and serving partners; and solutions grantees employed to meet these challenges. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: McDonald, Hope S.; Stahl, Mindy H.; Lindquist, Christine; Bir, Anupa; McKay, Tasseli
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2009

    This brief describes the work of Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage, and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Re-Entering Fathers and Their Partners (MFS-IP) grantees in delivering programming in correctional facilities. The brief documents challenges faced by grantees, including logistical barriers, recruitment problems, and challenges retaining incarcerated fathers in programming. (author abstract)

    This brief describes the work of Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage, and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Re-Entering Fathers and Their Partners (MFS-IP) grantees in delivering programming in correctional facilities. The brief documents challenges faced by grantees, including logistical barriers, recruitment problems, and challenges retaining incarcerated fathers in programming. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: McKay, Tasseli; Corwin, Elise; Herman-Stahl, Mindy; Bir, Anupa; Lindquist, Christine; Smiley-McDonald, Hope; Siegel, Sarah
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2010

    This brief describes implementation findings from the evaluation of Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage, and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). It documents innovative parenting supports provided to incarcerated and reentering fathers and their families. This brief was prepared by Tasseli McKay, Elise Corwin, Mindy Herman-Stahl, Anupa Bir, Christine Lindquist, Hope Smiley-McDonald, and Sarah Siegel of RTI International, under contract to ASPE. (author abstract)

    This brief describes implementation findings from the evaluation of Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage, and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). It documents innovative parenting supports provided to incarcerated and reentering fathers and their families. This brief was prepared by Tasseli McKay, Elise Corwin, Mindy Herman-Stahl, Anupa Bir, Christine Lindquist, Hope Smiley-McDonald, and Sarah Siegel of RTI International, under contract to ASPE. (author abstract)

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