Center for American Progress

: Helping Fathers Is a Women’s Issue?
Past Event

Helping Fathers Is a Women’s Issue?

Reexamining Federal Fatherhood Policy on the Eve of Reauthorization

12:00 - 1:15 PM EDT

Next year Congress is scheduled to reauthorize legislation that includes Temporary Assistance For Needy Families as well as programming that more directly targets the needs of fathers. Initiated under the George W. Bush administration, the Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage programs received some criticism focused on their potential impact on women. Since that time, President Obama has offered some recommendations for reform and progressives are increasingly recognizing the potential of fatherhood programs to not only help men but also women and families.

This event will mark the release of a new CAP and Center for Family Policy & Practice paper that highlights ways in which fatherhood policy can benefit mothers. A panel of experts will offer their thoughts on the paper along with general insights into the current state of the debate and future possibilities for reform.

Introduction and Paper Presentation:

Jacquelyn Boggess, Co-Director, Center for Family Policy & Practice

Featured panelists:

Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security, National Women’s Law Center
Earl Johnson, Director of the Office of Family Assistance, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Anne Menard, Director, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Wendell Primus, Senior Policy Advisor, Speaker Nancy Pelosi


Joy Moses, Poverty and Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress