Welfare Reform Inspires a Variety of State Efforts

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Research shows that children are more successful academically when their fathers are involved in their lives.

Federal welfare-reform legislation passed almost three years ago not only brought new work requirements for mothers. It also put a strong emphasis on the responsibilities of fathers.

Since then, fatherhood initiatives have been on the rise, with every state reporting that it has at least one program geared specifically toward fathers, according to a 1997 report from the New York City-based National Center for Children in Poverty.

In the past, schools haven't been at the forefront of such initiatives, but now they, too, are part of an "unprecedented interest" in fathers, says James Levine, who has been involved in such programs for 25 years and is the director of the Fatherhood Project at the Families and Work Institute in New York.

Vol. 18, Issue 35, Pages 26-31

Published in Print: May 12, 1999, as Welfare Reform Inspires a Variety of State Efforts
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