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Responsible Fatherhood Reentry Projects

Fathers recently released from correctional institutions have significant service needs and can face considerable barriers to meeting those needs. The Office of Family Assistance in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funded six Community-Centered Responsible Fatherhood Ex-Prisoner Reentry (“Fatherhood Reentry”) Pilot Projects to help returning fathers achieve their reentry, self-sufficiency, and family reunification goals.

From 2011 through 2015, Urban Institute researchers documented the implementation of these Fatherhood Reentry programs and the responsible parenting, healthy marriage, and economic stability activities they provided to fathers and their families. The research publications below describe the programs’ varied approaches to implementation; the parenting, marriage, and economic stability activities offered to fathers; the solutions used to overcome implementation challenges and recommendations for practitioners looking to fund, design, and implement future fatherhood reentry programs.

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