Connecticut Commission on Children: An Agency of the Connecticut General Assembly
The Connecticut Commission on Children
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Ten top tips for attracting fathers to programs

A handout from the Fatherhood Institute, a United Kingdom charity. (PDF))

Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative 2011 Family Services Directory

This directory, prepared by the state Department of Social Services, lists providers, support groups, websites, and other resources for fatherhood-related issues. Download the Directory (PDF) Fatherhood Initiative website

Children of Incarcerated Parents

This report from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) gives state governments a framework for helping the children of incarcerated pare nts. It points to research showing that such assistance can result in reduced recidivism for the parent, healthier development of the child, and fewer cases of incarceration across generations of families. Download the report (PDF)

Fatherneed: Why Fathers Are So Crucial to Their Children's Health

A PowerPoint presentation made by Kyle Pruett, M.D., of the Yale University School of Medicine, at a fatherhood forum held March 16, 2006, by the Commission on Children and the state Department of Social Services. Download the PDF

Connecting Low-Income Families and Fathers: A Guide to Practical Policies

This publication, published in 2000 by the Conference of State Legislatures, can be downloaded here by chapter, in PDF format:  

The nation's governors on fatherhood

In July 2007, the National Governors Association issued a position paper on the importance of fathers to families. "The nation's Governors recognize that government alone cannot reverse the growing trend of father absence," the paper says. "What is needed is a fundamental change in society to provide greater emphasis on the role of fathers in child rearing. However, the federal government can and should take action to help reduce the number of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and encourage active participation by fathers of all ages in raising their children." The paper goes on to list those possible actions. To read it, visit the NGA site.

Promising efforts to promote positive father involvement

This report, written in 1998, reviews research findings concerning the consequences of father involvement as well as father absence. It also discusses model programs and legislation designed to promote positive father involvement. Download the PDF


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