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Fatherhood Initiative: Assessing Fatherhood Services and Child Well-being

In 1975, the federal government created a child support program to recover welfare costs. Since that time, the program has evolved into a family-strengthening program that ensures the financial and emotional well-beings of children who do not live with both of their biological parents.

Through a demonstration grant funded primarily by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services partnered with the Picard Center to assess the impact that state-funded Fatherhood services had on the outcomes of vulnerable children.

View the research completed through this grant:

The first report focuses on the Fatherhood services and the second report discusses Louisiana’s capacity to monitor the outcomes of children whose parents received state supports as a family-strengthening strategy.