Step Families

Families today look different than the TV shows of the 1950s. Blending two families involves a lot more than mom, dad and kids moving into one house. Step families have many unique challenges. These resources are a starting point to help you work with fathers in step families.

Find additional tips and resources to share with your fathers in the DadTalk Blog on topics of co-parenting, communication, divorce, and healthy relationships.

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National Stepfamily Resource Center

The National Stepfamily Resource Center (NSRC) is a division of Auburn University’s Center for Children, Youth, and Families (CCYF). The National Stepfamily Resource Center’s primary objective is serving as a clearinghouse of information, linking family science research on stepfamilies and best practices in work with couples and children in stepfamilies.

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Stepparenting and Blended Family Advice: Bonding with Stepchildren and Dealing with Problems

Helpguide’s mission is to help people understand, prevent, and resolve life’s challenges by empower people with knowledge and hope. Their goal is to give you the information and encouragement you need to take charge of your health and well-being and make healthy choices.

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NRFC Resources

Spotlight on Dads
Spotlight on Dads resources are designed specifically for dads, and for programs to be able to share with fathers. Spotlight on Dads help dads think about the ways their involvement affects the lives of their children. Each contains suggestions on books or movies that dads can use to learn more, and a page of discussion and thought provoking questions to further think about each issue.

Steps in The Right Direction (2009)
The introduction of a step-parent into a child’s life can be difficult for the children and parents. This resource provides advice on taking steps toward positive co-parenting and relationship building.

"Helping Fathers Address Stepfamily and Multiple Partner Fertility Issues" - September 22, 2009

This Webinar discussed issues including: research concerning stepfamilies; key issues facing stepfathers and fathers of children in multiple households; and, sharing information that practitioners can use in their work with stepfathers.

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