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Dec/Jan 2007Vol. 7, No. 9Supporting Marriage and Fatherhood

Promoting healthy marriages and responsible fatherhood are two key initiatives for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In support of these initiatives, ACF recently awarded more than $118 million to 225 grantees who will use the funds to create and sustain marriage and fatherhood programs. These new grants will be overseen by ACF’s Office of Family Assistance.

Grantees will undertake a range of programs, including:

  • Competitive research and demonstration projects to test promising approaches to encourage healthy marriages and promote involved, committed, and responsible fatherhood
  • Technical assistance to States and Tribes
  • Marriage education, marriage skills training, public advertising campaigns, and high school education on the value of marriage and marriage mentoring programs
  • Promotion of responsible fatherhood through counseling, mentoring, marriage education, enhancing relationship skills, parenting, and activities to foster economic stability

All grantees are required to have procedures in place to ensure that participation is voluntary and that issues of domestic violence are addressed. To read the full list of grantees, visit:

To read the ACF press release, visit:

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ACF sponsors the Healthy Marriage Initiative website, which provides a wealth of information and resources about healthy marriage research, funding opportunities, and technical assistance:

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently released Policy Brief No. 7 in its Couples and Marriage Series. Building Bridges Between the Healthy Marriage, Responsible Fatherhood, and Domestic Violence Movements: Issues, Concerns, and Recommendations explores ways all of these movements can work together to promote family and child well-being. To read the brief, written by Paula Roberts, visit the CLASP website: (PDF - 158 KB)