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Fathering Court is an innovative alternative to prosecution and incarceration for men with significant child support arrearages. The program increases the number of fathers that contribute financially and emotionally to their children and improves their marriage-ability by helping the men successfully overcome the challenges that have led to their non-payment of child support.

Download the recently-published report on the benefits and best practices of the program: Fathering Court - Getting to the Heart of Child Support

Watch this November 2009 news story about Fathering Court from WDAF Fox 4 in Kansas City:

Who Benefits:

Children - Gain from having an involved and potentially married, father. Men learn to develop better relationships with their children and children’s mothers through the 13-week fathering class. They also learn to obtain and maintain meaningful employment that allows them to provide consistent financial support.  

Fathers - Learn life long skills that positively impact their lives, their children’s lives, the mother of their children, and their community.

Community - Benefits from reduced financial costs as a result of rehabilitation. Specifically, skill development and employment assistance helps eliminate the expense of prosecution, incarceration, and welfare cost associated with delinquent child-support payments.

The Results:

More than 429 men have participated in Fathering Court since 1998. To date, Fathering Court graduates have contributed more than $2,766,000 in child support payments.

In addition, pre and post evaluations indicate that men who graduated from Fathering Court have significantly more contact with their children, increased interaction with their child’s mother about their child’s development, and pay their child support.


  • Needs assessment & skill development
  • Case management
  • Counseling and treatment
  • Peer support and curriculum for fathers
  • Health and education services for children
  • Employment assistance
  • Connecting dads and moms to necessary resources

Review this official tracking summary (PDF) from the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office.

Here's another video about the program:

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For more information, contact the National Center for Fathering at 800.593.3237 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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