The paper, 'Engaging fathers in child and family services: participation, perceptions and good practice' describes father participation in selected Stronger Families and Communities Strategy (SFCS) 2004-2009 programs and services. The SFCS is an initiative of Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). As part of the themed study component of the national evaluation of the SFCS, the report explores fathers' engagement with child and family services.
The study found: fathers were involved in a diverse range of services,…
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The present study examined the association between unmarried fathers' prenatal involvement and fathers' engagement later in the child's life. The study sample consisted of 1,686 fathers from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Findings using multiple regressions revealed that fathers' prenatal involvement is significantly and positively associated with levels of fathers' engagement at Years 1 and 3. This association was partially explained by fathers' transitions from unemployment to employment and to a greater extent by fathers' transitions from nonresidential to residential…
This Brief summarizes findings from a CDC study on cultural values and parenting and child rearing. The study focused on five cultural groups -- African-Americans, American Indians, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and non-Hispanic Whites. It examined the ways that parents respond to children's behavior and their views of desirable or undesirable parenting practices. Uncovering the differences and commonalities in values, normative practices, and child-rearing goals across cultural groups is an important step in developing culturally-competent and effective programs and support for…
This information sheet provides tips on how fathers can share stories about their family history with their children to help them to value both their heritage and who they are as individuals. The sheet also contains a list of topics for further discussion as well as recommendations for books and movies.
This information sheet provides tips on how fathers can not only build relationships with their children but also build their self confidence through consistent, positive communication and encouragement. The sheet also contains a list of topics for further discussion as well as recommendations for books and movies.
This brief describes the context in which Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Re-entering Fathers and their Partners (MFS-IP) are operating, the populations served by the programs, and the program models in use among the grantees. (Author abstract)
In 2004, the official U.S. poverty rate for families reached its highest level (12.3 percent) since 1993. Moreover, poverty rates varied substantially across different family structures. Families headed by single females, for example, experienced poverty rates nearly six times as great as families headed by married couples.
While the poverty rate is a useful tool for assessing trends in economic wellbeing, the measure has been criticized for its inability to reflect income sufficiency for any particular family in recent decades. In order to better understand how families are faring,…
To build a better understanding of the role that faith community liaisons (FCLs) play in the implementation of Charitable Choice within states and localities, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 2007 funded a study titled, "The Role of State Faith Community Liaisons in Charitable Choice Implementation." The study focused in particular on FCLs' efforts to promote the states' implementation of Charitable Choice policies and regulations that govern how states and localities contract with faith-based…
NRFC Quick Statistics and Research Reviews, Brief
This compilation includes information and research findings on the child development of children who reside with their fathers. Fact sheets are provided that address: the cognitive, social, emotional, motor development, and health of infants and toddlers ages birth through 2; the cognitive, social, emotional development, externalizing behavior problems, health, and physical development of children in early childhood from 2 through 6 years; the academic achievement, performance, socioemotional development, and externalizing behavior problems of children in middle childhood ages 7 through 10…
NRFC Quick Statistics and Research Reviews, Brief
This fact sheet includes information and research findings on the child development of young children who are ages birth through 2 years and reside with their fathers. Research results are shared on father warmth, sensitivity, and closeness; father cognitive stimulation; father engagement; and father restrictiveness, harshness, and controlling behaviors and their impact on cognitive development, social and emotional development, infant health, and motor development of the children. References are provided for the statistics cited.