TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey legislators are concerned about promoting responsible fatherhood in the state and want to establish a 23-member council to promote it.
The newly proposed New Jersey Council on Responsible Fatherhood would promote the participation of both parents in the lives of their children, and support the contributions each parent brings to the family unit, said bill sponsor Troy Singleton.
In addition, Singleton wants to create Responsible Fatherhood fund revolving fund, a repository of all funds received from the federal government, private foundations, and other sources, which may be available for programs related to responsible fatherhood.
Here’s what the bill is seeking:
The bill assigns several responsibilities to the council, including: (1) developing and implementing a Responsible Fatherhood Initiative; (2) serving as an information and resource center for data and information on fatherhood programs; (3) reviewing the programs of various State departments and community-based organizations and making recommendations on ways to better coordinate and improve the effectiveness of their programs; (4) applying for, and accepting, grants of money from the federal government, private foundations, and other sources for programs related to responsible fatherhood; and (5) providing grants to community-based organizations to establish, expand, or improve fatherhood programs.NJ Senate Bill S3382 – Establishes New Jersey Council on Responsible Fatherhood and Responsible Fatherhood Fund.