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Father Involvment Support Program

The purpose of our study was to examine a father support program, called Dads Matter and evaluate its effectiveness. Specifically, this study answered the following question: Does participation in the Dads Matter program improve parenting and co-parenting (parenting skills, time with child, relationship with child), economic stability (paying child care, keeping current with bills), relationship/marriage with partner, and personal development (housing, employment). Data analysis was conducted using secondary data from participants’ pre/post surveys who participated in the Dads Matter program using the Supporting Father Involvement (SFI) intervention. There were a total of 312 pre-surveys and 89 post surveys. Results showed that there was a statistical significant change in economic stability and personal development; there was improvement over time among the fathers. Given this preliminary analysis, further research is critical in order to understand the effectiveness of the SFI intervention.

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