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 Marriage Policy Statement 

The National Partnership for Community Leadership (NPCL) believes that the institution of marriage provides a framework for ensuring that children have full access to the emotional and economic resources of both their parents.  As documented by a substantial body of research, marriage is a desirable method of family formation.  Child well being, as well as the income potential of the adults in the family are enhanced when children are born into a loving home consisting of their biological parents with sufficient resources.

NPCL recognizes that not all children are born into a marital situation.  We also note that there are families with other configurations that are producing health whole children.  However, in situations where children are born to unmarried parents without the monetary resources, career capacity, parenting skills or the positive life management competencies to actively participate in the lives of their children, there is a public mission created.  That mission is to address the needs of both parents to ensure that children receive the support and nurture they need.  This public mission, we suggest, can be best addressed through public/private collaboration, these public/private partnerships must move pro-actively, with the same energy presently being expended to collect child support. 

These new collaborations must seek to develop within the fathers they serve the functional capacities to first manage their own well-being and then to parent fully and cooperatively with the mothers of their children.  NPCL believes in educating the young parents on the benefits of marriage, and other life commitments and the skills necessary for marriage to work, which makes marriage a more desirable option for their future.  When these capacities have been developed, a significant public purpose has been served, and marriage can be addressed, but only if that is something that the couples seek for themselves. 

 
NPCL is a national nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing the capacity of community-based organizations to address self identified local needs through family and neighborhood empowerment.
 
April 1999

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Domestic Violence Policy Statement 

 
The National Partnership for Community Leadership (NPCL) believes that domestic violence is harmful to women, children and men and therefore, asserts zero tolerance of domestic violence.  All children and their families are entitled to live in a safe and healthy environment.  Programs devoted to providing services to young, low-income, never married fathers, mothers and children best serve these fragile families by having in place, a process of referral that connects both victims and batterers to the services that they need.  These programs should also provide training to increase their staff’s awareness of domestic and family violence.  NPCL encourages fatherhood practitioners to identify relevant services and to develop collaborative relationships to ensure effective responses. 

NPCL is a national nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing the capacity of community-based organizations to address identified local needs through family and neighborhood empowerment.

 

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