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Quality Improvement Center on Non-resident Fathers


The Children’s Bureau funded the American Humane Association and its partners, the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, and National Fatherhood Initiative, to create a quality improvement center on non-resident fathers (father who do not live with their children). The center was designed to gain more knowledge on engaging non-resident fathers and their children who are involved in the child welfare system.


The center determined, through research, the impact of non-resident father involvement on child welfare outcomes, including safety, permanence (stability of foster care placement and family reunification) and general well-being. Included in this design is the examination of the relationship between children, non-resident fathers and paternal relatives.