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April 2009Vol. 10, No. 3Lessons From Promising Teen Fatherhood Programs

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse recently released a report that identifies the 10 characteristics of effective teen fatherhood programs. To identify these characteristics, 18 fatherhood programs were assessed, including 1 that qualified as a model program and 3 that qualified as promising programs.

The successful programs:

  1. Partnered with community organizations
  2. Developed one-on-one relationships with young fathers
  3. Offered comprehensive services to fathers
  4. Used effective theories of change or logic in their program model
  5. Delivered services in interactive ways
  6. Used needs assessments or participant feedback
  7. Hired experienced, enthusiastic, well-connected professionals
  8. Incorporated materials appropriate for teen fathers and their culture
  9. Used incentives
  10. Provided mentoring services

To read Promising Teen Fatherhood Programs: Initial Evidence Lessons From Evidence-Based Research, by Jacinta Bronte-Tinkew, Mary Burkhauser, and Allison Metz, go to: