U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and a recipient of the 2008 Community Impact Fatherhood Award, today announced that the Department of Justice will award $626,044 to the National Fatherhood Initiative. This nationwide program aims to operate several specialized National Fatherhood Initiative programs that work specifically to get fathers more engaged in the lives of their children. These programs are specialized for different audiences of fathers of the most “at risk” children to increase the proportion of children growing up with involved and responsible fathers. Senator Shelby was instrumental in securing this funding.
“Unfortunately, the lack of involvement of a parent in a child’s life has a direct impact on the likelihood that a youth will be involved in at-risk behavior,” said Shelby. “The National Fatherhood Initiative’s goal is to provide programs and information that will encourage fathers to become more involved in their children’s lives.”