Enhancing the Economic Stability and Parenting Skills of Fathers with Criminal Justice Involvement: Highlights from the Second FRAMING Research Responsible Fatherhood Technical Work Group

Enhancing the Economic Stability and Parenting Skills of Fathers with Criminal Justice Involvement: Highlights from the Second FRAMING Research Responsible Fatherhood Technical Work Group

OPRE Report 2021-165
Published: Sep 30, 2021
Publisher: Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Fatherhood, Relationships, and Marriage – Illuminating the Next Generation of Research (FRAMING Research)

Time frame: 2018-2023

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

Authors

Lexi Ouellette

Key Findings

TWG members identified four top RF research priorities for future work, which included:

  • Broaden the evidence base by conducting studies within a range of communities using diverse research teams.
  • Explicitly address the lived experiences that matter for fathers’ outcomes—particularly Black and Latino fathers.
  • Distinguish among different groups of justice-involved fathers.
  • Evaluate the importance of partnering with agencies and organizations that can provide complementary services.

On September 16, 2020, ACF convened a second RF technical work group for the FRAMING Research project. The group included researchers and practitioners with expertise on responsible fatherhood programming and/or fathers with criminal justice involvement. This brief describes the discussion at the meeting, which focused on enhancing the economic stability and parenting skills of fathers with criminal justice involvement. These topics emerged from the project team’s review of the relevant literature and discussions with ACF about agency priorities. The day concluded with technical work group members participating in a brainstorming session on research priorities related to RF programming for fathers with criminal justice involvement.

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