A new approach on child support

OPINION

Meyer: In Colorado, a new approach on child support
By Jeremy Meyer | The Denver Post

Colorado is one of eight states participating in a five-year federal pilot program looking at taking a different approach to the child support problem — more of a carrot than a stick.

The state-run, federally funded, $2.3 million program being offered in five counties helps parents who are able to work but haven't been able to pay support because they are unemployed or underemployed.

Getting noncustodial parents more involved in their child's lives is at its core.

The program, called the Colorado Parent Employment Project, offers parenting classes, teaches job skills and assists clients in modifying child support orders.

So far, about 900 people have been admitted. In the program's first six months, 68 percent of those who get the enhanced services found full-time employment and 77 percent are paying child support. A quarter didn't have legal access to their children but now do.

Read the entire Op Ed here.

Reports, Program Spotlight and Reading

The State of the World’s Fathers is the first report to provide a global view of the state of men’s contributions to parenting and caregiving.

Report from MenCare, a global fatherhood campaign active in more than 30 countries on five continents. Their mission is to promote men’s involvement as equitable, nonviolent fathers and caregivers in order to achieve family well-being, gender equality, and better health for mothers, fathers, and children. Down Load Report.

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January 9 - 15 Updates

What kind of dad do you strive to be?
In tune with what is going on in their world. I want to lead by example. Taking care of myself and our needs as a family.  It is important that my sons know I am there for them. No matter what this world throws at them, I am on their side, and will not falter. - Joe Jansen, Father of Three

News

Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs Proposed Rule document was issued by the Administration of Children and Families (ACF) The comment period closes this Friday night, 1/16/2015 at 11:59pm (EST)

HireforColorado.com is a resource dedicated to helping Colorado's longterm unemployed

Resources

PolicyLink 1/12/15 Webinar:  The New Proposed Child Support Rule: What It Means for Low-Income Fathers Webinar recording | Webinar slides

An Evidence Framework to Improve Results
Background Paper for the 2014 HAROLD RICHMAN PUBLIC POLICY SYMPOSIUM:THE FUTURE OF EVIDENCE
Washington, DC | November 13, 2014

Valuing All Our Families: Progressive Policies that Strengthen Family Commitments and Reduce Family Disparities In addition to reviewing the extensive research that has been done on families today, this report offers a framework for understanding family indicators that can influence child and adult outcomes and highlights some key economic and social policies that would strengthen family commitments and reduce family disparities.

Facebook Posts (Link)

  • "10 Rules Of Survival If Stopped By The Police”
  • Building Evidence in Human Services: An Interview with ACF’s Naomi Goldstein
  • Locke | Director: Steven Knight | Cast: Tom Hardy | Britain, 84 minutes
  • Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi ni Naru) | Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Japan, sub-titles, 120 minutes
  • Easy Ways Dads Can Get Involved in Their Child's Education | Parent Toolkit Blog | Christopher Brown
  • Fatherhood classes from Padres Adelante Family Services
  • An Evidence Framework to Improve Results | Background Paper for the 2014 Harold Richman Public Policy Symposium
  • The "Citizens' Memo," What do you want to see accomplished in the next two years? Tell President Obama.
  • Colorado Foster Care & Adoption Film Festival - January 24
  • Center for American Progress Report: Valuing All Our Families
  • Progressive Policies that Strengthen Family Commitments and Reduce Family Disparities
  • The Black Bar interviews Dr. Ronald Mincy about his new book "Failing Our Fathers."
  • PolicyLink Webinar: The New Proposed Child Support Rule: What It Means for Low-Income Fathers
  • HireforColorado.com is a resource dedicated to helping Colorado's unemployed

Events (Link)

December 1, 2014-February 25, 2015
Bridges Out of Poverty Classes

December 18, 2014-January 23, 2015
CRC Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program - Application Deadline January 23, 2015

January 21, 2015
Webinar: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World

January 24, 2015
Colorado Foster Care and Adoption Film Festival

January 22, 2015-April 16, 2015
January 28, 2015
Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll: How to be an askable adult about anything

January 29, 2015-April 23, 2015
Nurturing Fathers Class in Routt County

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January 1 - 8 Updates

What's the best part of being a dad?
The best part is feeling that I’m loved, seeing my children smile, hearing their laughter and holding them in my arms. Also knowing that when the world’s problems close in, my children will come to me for comfort and advice. - Thompson Williams, Father of four

News

Colorado Child Support - Rocky Mountain PBS | Colorado State of Mind Documentary now on YouTube

Center for Urban Families' 2015 PLI Summit:  Pathways to Stability and Economic Success for Fathers and Families

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grants estimated post date is 3/6/2015, estimated application due date is 5/5/15 Read more

The Federal Office of Management and Budget completed an overhaul of Federal policies related to grants and cooperative agreements.  The higher level goals of this overhaul were to streamline guidance, strengthen federal oversight, set standard requirements, codify all OMB Circular into Title 2 of the CFR and to increase efficiencies and effectiveness.  All Federal grants and cooperative agreements executed after December 26, 2014 must follow the Omni-Circular (also called the Super Circular). Read more

Resources

FRPN Research Video Series
These videos highlight promising measures created by the FRPN for use in programs that work with fathers.

Explore family engagement across disciplines using new inventory A new tool from the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides professionals a guide to the definitions of family engagement in various disciplines, as well as how family engagement is implemented in each area.

The Family Engagement Inventory is meant to help practitioners working in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, and education settings. It shows commonalities across fields, and allows you to contrast family engagement across disciplines.
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Facebook Posts (Link)

  • Institute for Research on Poverty webinar, It's Not Like I'm Poor: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World 1/21/15
  • A Call to Coaches - Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness
  • The Mask You Live In - Premiering at Sundance 2015
  • How Good Dads Can Change the World | Gary Barker, PhD & Michael Kaufman | The Daily Beast
  • Explore family engagement across disciplines using new inventory from the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Men Can Stop Rape - One nonprofit’s goal to change the way young men view women
  • Connect with CNCS and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
  • Connect your program to an existing service and volunteer opportunity, or develop and register your own through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) United We Serve website.
  • TANF, Child Welfare Partnerships Help Strengthen Families | Youth Today
  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll: How to be an Ask-able Adult About Anything! Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm Mountain
  • Support early literacy and language development by being a Colorado Business Reads Collection site. Help them reach their goal of collecting and distributing 100,000 books
  • Save our Sons | Richard Wright Charter School PSA
  • How children react to violence against women.What happens when you put a boy in front of a girl and ask him to slap her?
  • Colorado launches new child abuse and neglect hotline
  • National Save our Sons Night | February 6
  • Championship Fathering Profile: The National Center for Fathering offers a self-assessment tool to aid fathers in evaluating their fathering methods.
  • Colorado Child Support - Rocky Mountain PBS | Colorado State of Mind Documentary now on YouTube
  • Ron Haskins NYTimes op-Ed on Social Programs That Work
  • Documentary features the Colorado Parent Employment Project

Events (Link)

December 1, 2014-February 25, 2015
Bridges Out of Poverty Classes

December 18, 2014-January 23, 2015
CRC Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program - Application Deadline January 23, 2015

January 12, 2015
PolicyLink Webinar: The New Proposed Child Support Rule and What it Means for Low-Income Fathers

January 13, 2015-January 14, 2015
 Mental First Aid Course

January 13, 2015
Webinar:  Effectively Working with Child Support Agencies

January 14, 2015
Models of Success: Case Studies of Effective Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grantees

January 14, 2015
Webinar: Young Men's Health and the Transition to Fatherhood: Implications for Prevention and Pre-Conception Health

January 21, 2015
Webinar: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World

January 28, 2015
Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll: How to be an askable adult about anything

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December 16-30 Update

News

The New Proposed Child Support Rule and What it Means for Low-Income Fathers
Monday, 1/12/2015  2:00 -3:00 PM EST | Hosted by: PolicyLink
Learn More and Register HERE

On November 17, 2014, the Office of Child Support Enforcement issued a proposed rule entitled Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs.  The new rule proposes revisions to existing law that could significantly alter Child Support Enforcement program operations and enforcement procedures, especially for low-income fathers.  Broad in scope, the changes touch on a variety of areas, including the establishment of child support orders, job services for low-income noncustodial parents, and the modification of support orders for incarcerated parents.
 
Please join PolicyLink as they host this webinar to learn more about the proposed regulation and its potential on impact low-income, noncustodial fathers.
 
Speakers Include:

  • Vicki Turetsky, Commissioner, Office of Child Support Enforcement
  •  Yvette Riddick , Director, Division of Policy and Training, Office of Child Support Enforcement
  • Dr. Ronald Mincy, Ph. D., Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice, Columbia School of Social Work
  • Jacquelyn Boggess, Co-Director, Center for Family Policy and Practice
  • Lewis Brown, Jr., Senior Program Associate, PolicyLink (moderator)

*The Office of Child Support Enforcement is prohibited from engaging in a dialogue about the proposed rule, and, therefore, will not participate in the webinar's question-and-answer session.

Resources

Just in Time Parenting is a free parenting newsletter that is delivered by email and specific to a child’s age and needs. They are designed so that information that’s relevant to your family is automatically delivered to you just in time!

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  • The child poverty rates in counties across Colorado are slowly dropping after spiking during the Great Recession.
  • Association of Government Accountants (AGA) publishes Blended and Braided Funding: A Guide for Policy Makers and Practitioners.
  • Being an Askable Adult
  • CRC's Nonprofit Leadership & Management program (Colorado) is looking for qualified applicants for the 2015 class
  • The 2015 “CRomnibus” and What It Means for Low-Income People - CLASP

Events (Link)

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December 6-15 Updates

News

The Fatherhood Research & Practice Network funds four projects designed to rigorously evaluate fatherhood programs

Resources

Hidden Costs of Youth Incarceration Nationwide Estimated to Run between $8 Billion and $21 Billion Each Year This report from the Justice Policy Institute provides estimates of long-term costs of confinement on taxpayers and youth

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  • State of Evaluation & Learning in Colorado Survey
  • Responsible Fatherhood: What's Mom Got to Do with It? NFI webinar recording
  • Webinar: Linking Low-Income Men to Health Care
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10:30:00 AM MST - 11:45:00 AM MST
  • Sign-up your organization in advance of tomorrow's National Save Our Sons Night Call http://www.saveoursonsnight.com/
  • On being a father
  • Resources for family engagement
  • Mental Health America of Colorado is sponsoring this Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification Course over two days in January.
  • The Fatherhood Research & Practice Network funds four projects designed to rigorously evaluate fatherhood programs
  • Colorado Gov. seeks $8.2 million for 130 new child protection workers
  • Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration | Justice Policy Institute

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New for you at Colorado Dads and Be There for your Kids!

 

Save the date

December 9, 2014: Colorado Practitioner Network for Fathers & Families Meeting  1:00 - 2:30 (MTN) at Families First, 2163 South Yosemite, Denver, CO or call in to participate at 1.712.432.1500 Participant code: 188330#

News

HHS seeks public and stakeholder input on report to Congress that reviews the effectiveness of the child support program, including an analysis of any unintended consequences or performance issues associated with program practices. Comments accepted through 12/22/2014

New book by Ronald Mincy et al to be released December 1, 2014 - Failing Our Fathers: Confronting the Crisis of Economically Vulnerable Nonresident Fathers by Ronald B. Mincy, Monique Jethwani, and Serena Klempin

  • Multi-method, interdisciplinary study of the most recent quantitative and qualitative studies about vulnerable nonresident fathers.
  • Breaks out of familiar boundaries based on race/ethnicity and marital status at birth.
  • Focuses on the commonalities among nonresident fathers who are unable to support their children, given the mass incarceration and unemployment of the past two decades.
  • Shows how to re-orient policies affecting vulnerable fathers, their children and families from the perspective of a leading contributor to research, policy, and practice in this field over the same period.

Resources

Connecting the Dots: Raising A Reader Builds Evidence Base for its Parent Engagement and Early Literacy Program

Bringing Fathers In is a series of smart, punchy, evidence-based information sheets backed up with a series of online research summaries. The information sheets, developed by the Fatherhood Institute (UK) in collaboration with Men Care and supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, are free to download, and designed to print. They, and the supporting research summaries, are intended for an international audience of health, education and social care professionals, policy makers, programme managers and designers, researchers and evaluators.

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Grant opportunities, performance measures and other goodies

News

HHS Grants Forecast: Responsible Fatherhood Grants

  • Estimated Funding: $47,490,800

  • Expected Number of Awards: 48

  • Estimated Award Ceiling: $2,000,000

  • Estimated Award Floor: $350,000

  • Estimated Post Date: 01/30/2015

  • Estimated Application Due Date: 03/31/2015

Not much more is known beyond this. Follow the link above to register for updates.

More importantly . . . the release of proposed performance measures provides insight on what they plan to measure and therefore what kinds of programming they may fund. You can request a set of measurements  (253 page document) through the link below:

A new set of performance measures for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees have been proposed. An additional set of instruments for a cross-site evaluation with a subset of grantees have been proposed as well. Please see a short overview at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/11/06/2014-26320/proposed-information-collection-activity-comment-request. This notice has information on how to request a document containing all proposed measures, as well as information on how to comment on the proposal.

Note: these performance measures will likely provide insight to what the eventual

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Check out what's new

A new set of performance measures for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees have been proposed. An additional set of instruments for a cross-site evaluation with a subset of grantees have been proposed as well. Please see a short overview here. This notice has information on how to request a document containing all proposed measures, as well as information on how to comment on the proposal.

Resources 

Using Evidence-Based Programs By focusing efforts on "what works," communities and programs are better able to improve participants'health and well-being. To boost the potential of an evidence-based program, it often needs to be implemented with fidelity. Factors such as how well a program's design fits with a community's needs affect how well an evidence-based program can be implemented. HHS's Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has released three issue briefs that cover community readiness and contextual fit of programs, and using evidence-based constructs for program assessment.

  • Willing, Able -> Ready: Basics and Policy Implications of Readiness As A Key Component for Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions (PDF, 17 pages)
  • The Importance of Contextual Fit When Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions (PDF, 16 pages)
  • Using Evidence-Based Constructs to Assess Extent Of Implementation Of Evidence-Based Interventions (PDF, 18 pages)

Tools for Social Innovators The Spark Policy Institute's Tools for Social Innovators is a community toolbox contributed to by experienced and cutting-edge social innovators. Each tool provides practical tools to help funders, nonprofits, business and community leaders enhance their ability to ignite social change.

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New Posts

New this week on Coloradodads.com and Be There for your Kids

Employment Opportunities

Fatherhood Coach/Instruction - Archuleta County Department of Human Services | Closing date October 24, 2014

Funding Announcement

Denver Office of Economic Development awarded Ready to Work Partnership grant of $6,172,569 to help long-term unemployed find work

Resources

Culture Counts: Engaging Black and Latino Parents of Young Children in Family Support Programs This report provides an overview of family support programs and aims to identify the features and strategies that may be most effective for reaching and engaging black and Latino families, with the ultimate goal of supporting young children’s development. The report presents a synthesis of available research on parent engagement—as well as potential barriers to their engagement—in family support services and programs, and recommendations, for both policymakers and practitioners, for designing, adapting, and evaluating culturally-relevant family support programs and services.

Family Structure and Family Formation among Low-Income Hispanics in the U.S.(PDF File) This research brief, from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, provides a national portrait of low-income Hispanic families in the U.S. Having a better understanding of these families will help programs and policymakers in their efforts to assist these families.

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