Maryland Responsible Fathers Project to be Evaluated
Baltimore, MD - July 2007 - The Maryland Department of Human Resources, in partnership with Campaign For Our Children, the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, and Friends of the Family have launched two new programs, Strong Fathers/Strong Families and Winning Fathers, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Responsible Fatherhood Initiative.
In Baltimore City, the Strong Fathers/Strong Families program prepares fathers and families for successful healthy relationships that stress the importance of rearing children in a two parent home. The Winning Fathers program serves incarcerated or ex-offender fathers and their spouses/partners in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Prince George’s, Montgomery, and Talbot counties in Maryland. Its goal is to enable fathers and their spouses to develop healthy marital relationships for the overall support of the family.
Optimal is conducting a five year process evaluation of the two programs. In conducting the evaluations, Optimal has implemented a secure, web-based management information system to collect and manage data from fatherhood and marriage education programs across the state.
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