In the last twenty years, many research projects have been undertaken that emphasize the importance of family relationships on child well-being. This research shows that both fathers and mothers play important roles in the development of children, and that the number of parents in a household and the relationship between parents (whether in the same household or not) are strongly linked to child well-being.1
This research, along with the 1996 reform of the US welfare system, has led to the development of an increasing number of programs, such as Federally funded Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood programs, New York State and New York City funded Fatherhood Programs, as well as a 2011 proposal from the Obama Administration for a Federally funded “Fatherhood, Marriage, and Families Innovation Fund.” However, as these programs have been developed, graduate students and professionals in fields such as social work, public health, family law, and education have often not received the training to engage these systems or help their clients to access these vital services.
The Stronger Families New York Coalition is a group of expert professionals who have a desire to share knowledge and practical skills with students free of charge.
We bring expertise and can develop presentations that focus on the following issues:
- Child support – Child support can be one of the most important economic supports to families in poverty, but many new professionals do not know how to help their clients access the child support system.
- Parent relationships in unstable families – Research has shown that one of the most important indicators of child well-being is the relationship of that child’s parents. Whether married, cohabitating, or co-parenting, parent relationships are critical to children.
- Responsible fatherhood and the importance of engaging fathers – Social service systems over the last decades have often overlooked fathers. Although research shows the significant positive impact of responsible fathers, graduate schools have numerous courses on engaging mothers and women, but few on engaging fathers.
We would like to work with your staff, class, or student group to develop a presentation that will be the most beneficial to you. As this is free of charge, adequate time should be given to plan any event; and any planning will be schedule-permitting of the Coalition members.
1. Amato, Paul R., (2005). “The Impact of Family Formation Change on the Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Well-Being of the Next Generation.” The Future of Children, 15 (2), Fall 2005.