This article is an epilogue to the 2008 Annie E. Casey Foundation report: Children and Families with Incarcerated Parents: Exploring Development in the Field and Opportunities for Growth. I show evidence that significant work at the local, state and national level has continued and some critical accomplishments that have been achieved. I also discuss the overwhelming amount of work yet to be done for this population, gaps that have been realized and remain unaddressed, and nuances that have not been considered.
Children and Families with Incarcerated Parents: Exploring Development in the Field and Opportunities for Growth
Children and families with incarcerated parents not only face the trauma of loss, but also a range of economic and social conditions that result from incarceration. Concerned about the vulnerability of this population, the Annie E. Casey Foundation began an exploration of the nature and scope of this issue and the gaps that need to be filled. This report provides a summary of the Foundation’s findings, a listing of the Foundation’s recent investments in this area, and synthesizes the learnings into potential opportunities for the field at large. Download or view here.
More than Jobs: Providing Disadvantaged Teens and Young Adults with Healthy Relationship Skills as a Strategy to Reduce Poverty and Improve Child Well-being
This brief, written by Stacey Bouchet, discusses how the ability of young people to forge and sustain healthy relationships can affect almost every aspect of their lives — school and work success, physical and mental health, and the overall health and well-being of their own children. Helping young people thrive and overcome barriers to economic and personal success requires more than ensuring they complete their secondary education and workforce development. Providing youth with the necessary skills to form and sustain healthy intimate relationships is also an essential part of their future success. Troubled, unstable or dangerous relationships and unplanned pregnancies typically thwart, or even derail, the progress young people may otherwise make in school, work or parenting. These relationships also can endanger the young person and their children. View and download the brief here.
This Guide, written by Stacey Bouchet, PhD and Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated, provides fundamental considerations and steps in forming partnerships between fatherhood organizations and anti-domestic violence organizations and the critical role of each in increasing family safety and positive father involvement for the benefit of all family members.
The Guide offers concrete steps from choosing good partners, finding areas of agreement, cross training, and maintaining the partnership. Braswell notes that, “This Guide is particularly timely given the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) just released the funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for the next round of Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Relationships and Marriage grants, which both emphasize domestic violence partnerships, content, and screening and referrals. The FOAs can be found here: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276480.
The Guide can be downloaded here or from the Fathers Incorporated website.
Beyond Silence and Violence:
Engaging Men in Advocacy Against and Prevention of Domestic Violence by Stacey Bouchet, PhD and Kenneth Braswell of Fathers Incorporated. Published by Fathers Incorporated
Download the brief here and 3/23/15 Webinar slides and panelist bios here. You can view the webinar here.
This brief tackles the complex and deeply emotional issue of domestic violence. “One of the goals of the brief,” says Braswell, “is an attempt to reframe and broaden the conversation of domestic and community violence and male socialization.” Dr. Bouchet adds, “Violence against women is epidemic in our society, and so is the way boys and men are taught to be violent. If we are going to change this, we must look at how men are socialized to deal with their own trauma through silence and/or violence. Men need safe places where they can talk about their experiences and heal, and fatherhood programs are ideal environments for this to happen.” As the brief states, “Fatherhood programs can lead and engage in multiple approaches to violence reduction because they have unique access to men in the larger community, which creates an opportunity to engage, inform, and educate them through primary prevention efforts before patterns of violence and control are established. These efforts can decrease community violence as well.”
Taking Him Downtown: Child Support in the Words of Women, by Stacey Bouchet, PhD and Allison Hyra, PhD, provides an overview of the Child Support system, the barriers Child Support creates for low-income families, and the policy changes needed for it to effectively meet the collective needs of very low-income fathers, mothers, and children. Drawing upon qualitative research with women, research on fragile families, and interviews with female experts in the fatherhood field, we provide suggestions for changes to Child Support that will better ensure children are cared for and supported by both parents while encouraging father involvement and financial stability for fathers and mothers. This brief is written from the perspective of women–women who are working in, or recipients of, public assistance programs–namely Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Child Support.
Prepared for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, This report is an examination of how the mutual and interlocking responsibility of effective government policy and African American fathers’ engagement can improve the lives of African American children, families, and communities.
To download the full report, click here: https://db.tt/ra7LG0zV
For the Executive Summary, click here: https://db.tt/xmjiBbgC.
The Hispanic Healthy Marriage Implementation Evaluation: Marketing, Recruitment, and Retention Strategies
Approximately 48 million U.S. residents are Hispanic. The Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative Grantee Implementation Evaluation is examining ways in which federally-funded healthy marriage grantees have developed adapted and implemented culturally relevant and appropriate programs to strengthen Hispanic marital and family relationships. This brief, second in a series of six, describes how grantees crafted recruitment messages and strategies and developed and disseminated marketing materials to encourage participation in family strengthening and relationship education services by a broad and diverse Hispanic constituency. (Suggested citation: Bouchet, Stacey, Luis Torres, and Allison Hyra (2012). HHMI GranteeImplementation Evaluation: Marketing, Recruitment and Retention Strategies. OPRE Report 2012-24. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.) Click here to read or download this brief: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/marketing_recruit.pdf
All children should develop the early reading skills needed to succeed in school and adulthood. Because parents are children’s first and most important teachers, we argue that fathers should be given the tools and encouragement needed to focus on developing their children’s reading skills. This brief describes several program evaluations that demonstrate 1) parents can be taught how to effectively read with their children, and 2) children benefit academically from reading with their parents. We also provide important program adaptations to consider when implementing father-focused literacy programs. Click here to read or download the brief: https://db.tt/wnJ5FDuB
This brief, the third in a series using qualitative data collected during the Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative Grantee Implementation Evaluation, describes the Hispanic population of the United States in terms of characteristics, such as age, gender distribution, economic indicators, educational attainment, nativity (U.S.-born vs. foreign-born), country of origin, generational status (immigrant or first generation vs. second or later generation), and linguistic preferences and proficiency. The brief then describes the populations served by nine Hispanic Healthy Marriage programs, and the implications of Hispanic diversity for service design, delivery, and evaluation. (Suggested citation: Bouchet, Stacey, Torres, Luis and Hyra, Allison (2013). HHMI Grantee Implementation Evaluation: Understanding Hispanic Diversity: A “One Size Approach” to Service Delivery May Not Fit All. OPRE Report 2012-52. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)