Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) programs promote strong, healthy family formation and maintenance, responsible fatherhood and parenting, and reentry opportunities for fathers returning from incarceration.
The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) competitively awards HMRF grants to states, local governments, and community-based organizations (both for profit and not-for-profit, including faith-based). These grantees work to help participants build and sustain healthy relationships and marriages, and to strengthen positive father-child interaction.
The HMRF initiative is part of ACF’s strategy to improve the long-term well-being of children and families. OFA currently funds a local network of 91 organizations in 27 states. The Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education programs provide services that combine marriage and relationship education services with efforts to address participation barriers and the economic stability needs of their participants. The New Pathways for Fathers and Families program funds projects that integrate robust economic stability services, healthy marriage activities, and activities designed to foster responsible parenting. The Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility (ReFORM) program funds projects that include the three New Pathways activities together with community-centered pre- and post-release responsible fatherhood and supportive services to fathers soon-to-be and recently released from incarceration. The ReFORM projects focus on fathers who are within three to nine months of release or a father who has been released from confinement for six months or less.
Our Learning Agenda
For this round of grants, OFA also included a new emphasis on key short- and long-term outcomes intended to enhance evaluation and strengthen program design. This learning agenda is designed to increase understanding of what works and why.
HMRF programs are funded under a 5-year project period (2015 – 2020). There are 47 Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education grantees (including a National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education); 39 New Pathways for Fathers and Families grantees, and 5 ReFORM grantees. FY 2015 Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grantees