University of Louisville to study fathers' involvement with $5M grant

University of Louisville to study fathers' involvement with $5M grant

Dr. Armon Perry to lead five-year project, called 4 Your Child

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Dr. Armon Perry

Researchers at the University of Louisville will study fathers' involvement in their children's lives with a $4.9 million federal grant, school officials announced today. Associate professor Armon Perry will lead a team from the Kent School of Social Work in the five-year project, called 4 Your Child. The project is slated to begin this summer.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, the project will work with fathers who do not have custody of their child. According to a news release, the team will use curriculum from the National Fatherhood Initiative to help the fathers become more responsible and more engaged in their child's life.

Topics could include emotions, the fathers' role and co-parenting techniques. Fathers also will be connected with resources and job training.

The project will focus on 1,560 fathers in six Kentucky counties: Daviess, Jefferson, Owen, Elliott, Hardin and McCracken. The state's Office of Child Support Enforcement will help the researchers recruit participants.

"We're looking to offer people additional layers of support so they can do what society is expecting of them," Perry said in the release. Not having a father figure can cause children to experience juvenile delinquency, poverty and additional psychological issues, according to the release.