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Key Programmatic Elements of Father Engagement to Promote Self-Sufficiency (KEEP Fathers Engaged)

Engaging fathers in human services programming can help improve economic opportunity and well-being for fathers, children, and families. While many human services programs have historically been targeted more toward mothers and have under-served men and fathers, HHS encourages state and local human services agencies to value both the financial and parenting contributions of both mothers and fathers to their children’s lives. This includes keeping fathers safely engaged in their children’s lives and avoiding unintentionally or inadvertently excluding fathers—and their strengths and needs—in service delivery and program implementation.

ASPE has contracted with Mathematica to identify strategies used to engage fathers across human service programming. This page lists materials developed through this project as resources for human services program staff and practitioners to strengthen father engagement.

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