As state leaders take on the fatherhood crisis in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill, HB 7065, that will provide about $70 million to bolster programs aimed at equipping dads with parenting resources and helping foster youth.

‘Responsible Fatherhood’ Effort Gears Up In Florida

A state program targeting what Gov. Ron DeSantis called a “fatherhood crisis” in America is preparing to launch Oct. 1, with members of a House panel briefed Tuesday on the use of millions of dollars in grant money.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy With Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis promote fatherhood in May 2022.

A state program targeting what Gov. Ron DeSantis called a “fatherhood crisis” in America is preparing to launch Oct. 1, with members of a House panel briefed Tuesday on the use of millions of dollars in grant money.

A 2022 law (HB 7065) directed the Florida Department of Children and Families to contract for the creation of the “Responsible Fatherhood Initiative.”

The House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee received information about the initiative, including one part involving creation of a website to provide online resources for fathers and a “statewide awareness campaign” about the program.

In the news: Coach Dungy Responds To Critics Who Rip Him For Standing With Gov. DeSantis In Promoting Fatherhood

Also, money will go through three grant programs to provide such things as mentorship for at-risk male students and provide “responsible fatherhood” education programs.

Another part of the initiative will provide money to local organizations to hire what are known as “father-engagement” specialists.

People hired for those jobs, in part, will assist fathers in establishing “positive, stable relationships with their children,” according to the department.

Android Users, Click To Download The Free Press App And Never Miss A Story. Follow Us On Facebook and Twitter. Signup for our free newsletter. 

We can’t do this without your help; visit our GiveSendGo page and donate any dollar amount; every penny helps

Login To Facebook To Comment
Share This: