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ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
Journal articles, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and other education-related materials. Enter "father role" in the search box. Click on Search. Use the filters in the left navigation bar to further limit your search.

National Center for Fathering
Information for fathers of children of all ages; programs and training for parents and professionals who work with parents; online videos, media clips, and audio podcasts of “Today’s Child” radio programs; survey results and research findings; free online articles; and other resources on many aspects of fathering.

National Fatherhood Initiative
Tools and resources developed to encourage fathers to remain committed, responsible, and involved in their children’s lives. Daily news, an e-mail list for fathers, a quarterly newsletter, an online store, and fatherhood programs.

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
Print and electronic publications, information on fatherhood issues, and targeted resources that support the work of fatherhood professionals—particularly those who operate federally funded Responsible Fatherhood programs—and that are useful to other audiences (including fathers) interested in fatherhood issues. Online articles, statistics, promising practices, tips, and profiles of state programs and strategies to promote parenting and responsible fatherhood.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Promoting Responsible Fatherhood
Gateway to federally funded programs that focus on responsible fatherhood, including effective parenting, child support, and Early Head Start fatherhood research. Includes full-text research reports and data.

Urban Institute: Father Involvement
Research reports, policy briefs, discussion papers, and testimony related to fatherhood. For additional materials, enter “fathers” in the search box.

Related MCH Digital Library Resources

For more information on this topic, use the MCH Digital Library Advanced Search with keywords “fathers” or “father child relations.” You can narrow your search using the terms “single fathers” or “adolescent fathers” or broaden your search using the terms “parenting” or “parent child relations.”

Authors: Beth DeFrancis Sun, M.L.S.; Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S.; MCH Digital Library
November 2009. Reviewed July 2012.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.