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May 2000Vol. 1, No. 3HHS Promotes Responsible Fatherhood

An HHS initiative to promote "responsible fatherhood" will address domestic violence and substance abuse among other issues.

The inititiative is aimed at encouraging young, unmarried fathers to support their children both financially and emotionally. To encourage this behavior, HHS has granted waivers to States for child support enforcement activities. The waivers will enable States to use Federal funds for a broader set of activities than those usually funded under the child support enforcement program. New activities will include:

  • Promoting voluntary establishment of paternity
  • Educational services and career planning
  • Fatherhood and parenting workshops
  • Promoting the formation or continuation of a supportive relationship between parents
  • Financial planning and skill education
  • "Team" parenting for both mother and father
  • Substance abuse and anger management services
  • Awareness of domestic violence issues
  • Transportation assistance
  • Regular child support enforcement services.

The project will also test ways for child support enforcement and non-governmental organizations to work together. Federal and private funding will total $15 million over a 3-year period. The demonstration sites chosen are:

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Boston
  • Chester County, Pennsylvania
  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Los Angeles
  • Milwaukee/Racine, Wisconsin
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • New York City