Best Practice/Next Practice
Despite research that substantiates the importance of father involvement in children's lives, family-centered child welfare services continue to be oriented toward the child's mother. This newsletter from the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice explains how child welfare services can engage fathers in the lives of their children. The articles suggest strategies such as family conferencing, support services, and outreach to fathers in prison or on parole. The findings from research about the positive and negative aspects of father involvement are discussed. Perspectives are offered from a case manager and a father. The newsletter includes an outline of tips for involving parents in child welfare services, including early identification and engagement, comprehensive assessment, safety planning, out-of-home placement, implementation of a service plan, permanency planning, and re-evaluation of the service plan. Numerous references.
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