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The Responsible Fatherhood Curriculum is based on discussion. It assumes that most people want to act responsibly but often don't know how to or face obstacles, many of which are created by their own behavior. The method relies on participants' own experiences and opinions-- expressed through discussion-- to show group members that there are alternatives to their unsuccessful past behavior. Rather than telling the men how to live their lives, the curriculum sets up experiences that enable them to draw conclusions to examine their attitudes, to get excited about a new idea, to see a skill in action, to learn from other fathers, and to practice new ways of relating to their children. Made up of 20 sessions, the Responsible Fatherhood Curriculum guides each support group through activities, exercises, and discussions that help participants make progress on a number of issues, including communicating with their children and partners, managing conflict at home and on the job, and removing racial discrimination at the workplace.

Curriculum Purpose

The program is designed to help the participants look at themselves as men and as fathers. The program aims to further develop the skills that participants need to be successful fathers. It is intended to help the participants negotiate relationships with partners, children, family members, friends, employers, and the court system. All activities in the curriculum are intended to assist the facilitator to help the men think differently about their roles as fathers and about altering their behavior.

Curriculum Type Responsible Fatherhood / Parenting
Edition 2000
Other Versions Available Not Specified
Total Hours Not Specified
Total Hours Flexible Yes
Frequency Not Specified
Frequency Flexible Yes
Delivery Format In-Person
Optional Topic Areas Available Not Specified
Supplemental Facilitator Aids Available Not Specified
Curriculum Has Been Evaluated Not Specified
Other Languages Available Not Specified

Target Learner Characteristics

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Race / Ethnicity Not Specified
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Relationship Status Not Specified
Military Family Not Specified
Incarcerated Father Not Specified
Non-residental Father Not Specified
Multi-partner Family Not Specified
Step Family Not Specified
Expectant Family Not Specified
Parents Yes
Relationship In-Distress Not Specified


Basic Instructional Materials Files in PDF format (21)
Basic Materials Cost Free
Additional Training Costs Not Specified
Copies Can Be Made Not Specified
Discounts Not Specified

Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance is Available Not Specified

Evaluation Tools

Customer Satisfaction Survey Available Not Specified
Pre/Post Tests Available Not Specified
Additional Cost Not Specified
Test Grading Options Not Specified

Facilitator Requirements

Facilitator Qualifications Not Specified
Additional Teaching Requirements Not Specified
Technology Requirements Not Specified
Instructional Approach Discussion
Who Attends Fathers
Group Size 8 to 15
Facilitator Training Required No

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