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February 2019Vol. 20, No. 1Report Describes Wide-Ranging Projects Aimed at Strengthening Families

A recent report from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services describes research related to family strengthening during fiscal year 2017. OPRE's research in this area considers the impact of family-strengthening initiatives on mothers, fathers, couples, families, children, and youth.

OPRE's Division of Family Strengthening evaluates programs designed to strengthen family relationships, nurture children through home visits with their families, prevent teen pregnancy and family violence, and support fatherhood and positive youth development. The division emphasizes research in four key areas: healthy relationships, parenting, transition to adulthood, and community connections.

This report describes a variety of initiatives on responsible fatherhood, relationship building (for couples, parents and children, healthy marriages, etc.), home visiting, positive youth development, overall capacity building, family strengthening for American Indians and Alaskan Natives, and cross-cutting research. It also provides a list of additional links to more information on the projects and initiatives.

The report also provides a listing of additional links to more information on these projects and initiatives.

The report, Family Strengthening Research, is available at