Healthy Marriage & Responsible Fatherhood

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The Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) initiative promotes strong, healthy family formation and maintenance, responsible fatherhood and parenting, and reentry opportunities for fathers returning from incarceration.…

These programs play a key role in helping the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) achieve its goals to foster economically secure households and communities for the well-being and long-term success of children and families.

On September 30, 2015, OFA announced a new round of five-year grants to provide activities to promote healthy marriage and relationship education, responsible fatherhood, and reentry services for currently or formerly incarcerated fathers under three funding opportunities —The Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grant Program (HMRE), New Pathways for Fathers and Families (New Pathways), and Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility (ReFORM). This initiative is a $150 million discretionary grant program originally authorized under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and reauthorized under the Claims Resolution Act of 2010.

Healthy Marriage

ACF currently funds 46 organizations that promote economic stability and improved family well-being through comprehensive healthy relationship and marriage education services, as well as job and career advancement activities.

ACF also funds the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families Visit disclaimer page , which supports state and local safety net service providers as they integrate healthy marriage and relationship education skills into service delivery systems as part of a comprehensive, culturally appropriate, family-centered approach designed to promote self-sufficiency.

Responsible Fatherhood

ACF currently funds New Pathways of Fathers and Families grantees to help fathers:

  • Strengthen positive father-child engagement
  • Improve employment and economic mobility opportunities
  • Improve healthy relationships (including couple and co-parenting) and marriage

ACF also funds five Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility (ReFORM) grants that are specifically tailored to the needs of fathers transitioning from incarceration to their families and communities.

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse Visit disclaimer page serves as a resource for responsible fatherhood information, and a national fatherhood media campaign, designed to promote and encourage the appropriate involvement of fathers in the lives of their children. The Clearinghouse provides access to curricula, webinars, research products, and other resources to improve the implementation and success of their programs.

Find HMRF Programs

Map of all HMRF programs, and their contact information and program abstracts. 

HMRF Data & Reports

The Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood program works closely with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) to conduct federally-led impact evaluations of our programs.

Technical Assistance for HMRF Grantees

Resources to help Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees achieve better outcomes.

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