Feds Spending $800,000 to Teach Responsible Fatherhood

June 12, 2013 - 9:17 AM

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Stuart Chaifetz plays with his son Akian Chaifetz, 10, in the backyard of their home in Cherry Hill, N.J., in April 2012. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – The Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (AFC) is providing $800,000 in funding to create a Responsible Fatherhood Research Network.

The initiative is described in the grant abstract as a “multi-year plan” designed “to disseminate information about good fatherhood parenting practices by building research and practice knowledge and capacity” and to “increase positive father involvement in the lives of their children.”

The grant, announced on June 7 and open to applicants until Aug. 2, stated that the network, once established, “will be expected to have a primary focus on economically disadvantaged fathers and families and other under studied population groups.”

In the grant announcement, posted on the grants.gov website, the category of the funding was listed as “income security and social services.”

The ACF website stated that the agency “administers more than 60 programs with a budget of more than $49 billion, making it the second largest agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

CNSNews.com asked press officials at ACF a series of questions about the grant, but no response to the inquiry was received at press time.

The questions asked were:

1. Why is it government's role to improve parenting skills for fathers of low-income or at-risk children?
2. How is ACF going to measure and track the success of the network?
3. How many fathers and children will benefit from this project?
4. Will the recipients of this grant be private or public sector entities?