Federal Legislation

Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Family Act

Because Ohio faces an unprecedented budget deficit, the state must take advantage of every possible federal funding opportunity. As one of the only states with a statutorily mandated fatherhood commission, Ohio is in a unique position to benefit from the enactment of the Julia Carson Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act of 2011 which gives funding priority to established state fatherhood programs.  The goals of our state statute are aligned with the federal legislation; both seek to increase public awareness of the critical role fathers play and to provide incentives for parents to work together to successfully raise their children. 

This legislation was previously introduced in 2007 and 2009 but  stalled in Congress because there were not enough co-sponsors for the bill.  Congress needs to know that people throughout Ohio want this bill to become a law.

Contact your Congressmen to urge them to become a co-sponsors of  this important fatherhood legislation.

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