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Fact Sheet: Approaches for engaging fathers in child support programs

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Rebekah Selekman and Pamela Holcomb

Child support payments are associated with increased parent-child engagement, which can lead not only to better academic and social outcomes for children but also to better parent-child and parent-parent relationships. Moreover, child support payments lifted nearly three-quarters of a million families out of poverty in 2017. This fact sheet, which is part of a larger project called KEEP Fathers Engaged, explores three key strategies for child support agencies to engage fathers and improve family stability. KEEP Fathers Engaged focuses on identifying strategies that various human services programs use to engage fathers, with the goal of improving outcomes for children, fathers, and families.

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