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Georgia Fatherhood Program

Health Factors: Family & Social Support
Decision Makers: Local Government State Government Nonprofit Leaders Public Health Professionals & Advocates
Evidence Rating: Insufficient Evidence
Population Reach: 1-9% of WI's population
Impact on Disparities: Likely to decrease disparities

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The Georgia Fatherhood Program provides employment-based services for non-custodial fathers who are unable to pay court-ordered child support after a job loss or a substantial decrease in income. Services include GED enrollment, job training and placement, driver’s license reinstatement, and parental support encouraging emotional and financial involvement in the lives of their children (GFP).

Expected Beneficial Outcomes

Improved economic security

Evidence of Effectiveness

There is insufficient evidence to determine whether the Georgia Fatherhood Program improves the economic well-being of children of non-custodial fathers. Available evidence suggests that the program may increase employment among previously unemployed program participants (Bloomer 2003), but this finding has not been replicated. Additional evidence is needed to confirm effects.


United States

In FY 2015 and 2016, about 6,000 non-custodial fathers were enrolled in the Georgia Fatherhood Program (GA DHS-Fatherhood, Telegraph-Womack 2017).

Implementation Resources

GFP - Georgia Department of Human Services (GA DHS). Fatherhood program (GFP). Accessed on September 20, 2017

Citations - Description

GFP - Georgia Department of Human Services (GA DHS). Fatherhood program (GFP). Accessed on September 20, 2017

Citations - Evidence

Bloomer 2003* - Bloomer SR, Sipe TA. The impact of the Georgia fatherhood program on employment and wages. Journal of Social Service Research. 2003;29(4):53-65. Accessed on September 20, 2017

Citations - Implementation

GA DHS-Fatherhood -

Georgia Department of Human Services (GA DHS), Division of Child Support Services. Community Outreach: Fatherhod program. 2016.

Accessed on September 20, 2017
Telegraph-Womack 2017 - Womack AL. Are you a dad who needs a job? Family fun and job info offered at fatherhood celebration. The Telegraph. April 20, 2017. Accessed on September 20, 2017

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September 7, 2017

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