Involved Fathers

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The Philadelphia Council for Fathers & Families (PCFF) was formed in 2009 as the result of a policy perspective series hosted by the National Center on Fathers & Families at the University of Pennsylvania. PCFF consists of private and public organizations that support and advocate on behalf of responsible fathers and their families. PCFF’s goal is to develop a local, state, and national agenda for fathers for the benefit of their children and families. PCFF worked with the Center for Family Practice & Policy to research and make the following recommendations for the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States:

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for Non-Custodial Parents--expansion of EITC will help non-custodial parents and support employment, boost child support payments, and bolster self-sufficiency;

  • Parental Rights of Incarcerated Fathers--the child welfare, criminal and child support systems must systematically gather, integrate and analyze information on prisoners, their children and their families;

  • Child Support Pass Through/Disregard--increased receipt of child support helps families leave or avoid welfare and increased child support pass through and disregard helps lift children from poverty; and

  • Child Support Incentive Payments--child support incentive payments guarantee children will receive money and increase motivation to pay child support and to remain employed.


Fathers are often the forgotten thread in our social safety net when it comes to the best interests of children and families. The role of fathers is critical in strengthening our families and communities.