MDRC Responsible Fatherhood Project

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All activities in the curriculum are intended to assist the facilitator in helping the men think
differently about their roles as fathers and about altering their behavior. The Responsible
Fatherhood Curriculum is based on discussion. It assumes that most people want to act
responsibly but often don’t know how to or face obstacles, many of which are created by
their own behavior. Neither the curriculum nor the facilitator attempts to tell participants
how to run their lives (although the curriculum does provide much relevant information
about the typical problems of unemployed noncustodial parents). Instead, the method
relies on participants’ own experiences and opinions — expressed through discussion —
to show group members that there are alternatives to their unsuccessful past behavior.

Related Topics

  • Behavioral Health
  • Child Welfare
  • Fathers/Partners
  • Parenting