Fathers play a critical role in the development and growth of their children. Far too frequently, however, fathers are a missing piece in a child's life. The current focus on involving fathers in their child's life is supported by research, which points out the critical importance of a father's involvement with his children. In order for Child Welfare Professionals to seek a greater involvement of fathers in their child's life they must know the resources available to locate the father and then be able to facilitate the father's engagement in the permanency process. In this training, participants will be able to: (1) Recognize the need and importance of locating and engaging absent fathers; (2) Identify the five step process for locating absent fathers; (3) Identify formal and informal support services for absent fathers; (4) Determine an absent father's appropriateness as a permanency resource for the child; and (5) Demonstrate the ability to locate and engage absent fathers. (Author abstract)
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