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Dads Resource Center Research

Latest Case Studies

2022 Community Based Experiential Project by the University of North Dakota commissioned by the Dads’ Resource Center that recommended using best practice, education, policy and inclusion to counter the bias that fathers face in systems of service as a means of obtaining healthy outcomes for fathers and families


In 2019 the Dad’s Resource Center surveyed Temporary Orders of Protection From Abuse (PFA) filed during 2017 in 12 Pennsylvania counties and found that how information is currently reported obstructs the development of data to track biases in PFA outcomes based


Individuals who play a major role in the outcomes of child custody cases in Pennsylvania have virtually no oversight or professional standards in hiring or training, which could lead to potentially harmful consequences for thousands of children in

In 2019 the Dads’ Resource Center concluded a study researching potential biases toward fathers within Pennsylvania courts, legal system, and county and human services agencies. This study reviewed the ratio of male to female staff and supervisors in the Office of Children and Youth (CYS) for every county in Pennsylvania. 

The study shows the ratio of staff…


In 2019 the Dad’s Resource Center concluded a study reviewing the distribution of time that children are assigned to parents in divorce proceedings by Courts of the Commonwealth in 14 Pennsylvania counties and has found that fathers are disproportionately impacted by rulings. The study reviewed the first 50 cases starting in 2016 for which the courts made a final determination of custody. The population classes of the counties ranged from 45,000…

Of the 50 jails that responded to the survey, 28 reported that they do not allow contact visits under any circumstances, while 22 said they only allow contact visits under certain – sometimes difficult to achieve — conditions. Eleven county jails either denied the request or did not respond to requests for policy information. “Contact visits” means that there is no glass barrier between the inmate and his or her visitor.

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