Building A National Reputation
In 2006, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program was renewed in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. The legislation authorized the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration of Children and Families Office of Family Assistance (OFA) to offer competitive funding for healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood grants.
In 2006 OFA awarded 226 grants and the SC Center for Fathers and Families was among 100 responsible fatherhood grantees nationwide to secure funding to support fatherhood programming and capacity building. James Bell Associates as a part of OFA's Promising Practices Initiative selected from among the grantees those that produced evidence of positive outcomes as of three years into the grant.
These grantees were featured in a report released in 2009 entitled Emerging Findings from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grant Programs: A Review of Select Grantee Profiles and Promising Results. The Center was among those selected to be thoroughly reviewed, interviewed and featured in the final report because it demonstrated promise in furthering the goals of the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative. The goals of the initiative included: supporting healthy marriages, encouraging responsible parenting and fostering economic stability.
Subsequent to the release of the initial report a supplemental document was disseminated documenting various programmatic activities implemented by the Responsible Fatherhood Grantees. The guide, How to Implement Promising Practices: Peer Guidance from the Responsible Fatherhood Program, captures lessons learned from across the country. The Center is pleased to have been among the selected grantees and to have shared best practices information for implementation of programs and service to low-income non-custodial fathers.