Across the political spectrum, unwed fatherhood is denounced as one of the leading social problems of today. Doing the Best I Can is a strikingly rich, paradigm-shifting look at fatherhood among inner-city men often dismissed as “deadbeat dads.” Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson examine how couples in challenging straits come together and get pregnant so quickly—without planning. The authors chronicle the high hopes for forging lasting family bonds that pregnancy inspires, and pinpoint the fatal flaws that often lead to the relationship’s demise. They offer keen insight into a radical…
This clinical guidebook highlights the Young Parenthood Program (YPP), a brief research-based intervention designed to help young expectant couples learn to co-parent. The goal of the program is to support the development of interpersonal skills needed to maintain a constructive co-parenting relationships and diminish the risk of problems such as intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, or father disengagement. Following an explanation of the challenges faced by teenage parents, research findings on the effectiveness of YPP, and components and principles of the program, the role of the…
The Office of Family Assistance, through the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC), provided this technical assistance webinar for all responsible fatherhood practitioners, including current OFA grantees, and other interested stakeholders.
Fathers participating in fatherhood programs are often faced by a number of personal issues that act as barriers to achieving parenting, relationship, and employment goals. One of the most significant of these issues is substance abuse. This webinar shared lessons learned from the field and tips to help fatherhood practitioners…
The webinar provided ideas and resources to help responsible fatherhood practitioners address issues of domestic violence and promote safe environments for children and families. After this training webinar, participants will improve their knowledge and understanding of:
The prevalence and impact of domestic violence in U.S. families.
Ways to work with domestic violence partners to help prevent domestic violence and ensure that referral procedures are in place for appropriate services for abusers and victims.
Strategies to address domestic violence and engage fathers in the…
The ability to recruit fathers is one of the key measures of a fatherhood program’s success. Effective outreach and recruitment are key to effective programming, and can be a challenge for many programs. This webinar draws upon tips and ideas from the NRFC's Responsible Fatherhood Toolkit and features presentations from three well established responsible fatherhood practitioners.
Goals of Webinar: After this training webinar, participants will improve their knowledge and understanding of:
Ways to spread the word in the community about fatherhood program activities.…
Bullying is a problem faced by many children at school, in the community, and online. Children may bully others, they may be victims of bullying behavior, or they may find themselves in a bystander role. This NRFC webinar focuses on ways in which fatherhood programs can address these and related issues with fathers and their local communities.
Goals of Webinar:
After this training webinar, participants will improve their knowledge and understanding of:
The different roles that children may play in bullying behavior.
Ways in which fathers can talk with their children about…
This chapter provides an overview of the findings about everyday living and child welfare service involvement from 18 life stories collected from fathers involved with one Children's Aid Society in southern Ontario. Results indicate fathers appreciated understanding and supportive service providers, useful assistance, and connecting to useful resources.
This chapter discusses the need for interventions that bring fathers and paternal family members to the table in child protection efforts, and shares a case study from Vermont that illustrates how restorative justice can be used in family group meetings to challenge totalizing characterizations of fathers and men and help social workers partner with families and collaboration with their professional colleagues to create balanced assessment’s and manage risks. 64 references.
Juvenile court judges are uniquely able to influence the health and well-being of children in foster care by asking about a child's health status and special needs, ordering appropriate assessments and services, and ensuring that identified needs are addressed through the child's court-ordered case plan. Judges can require that attorneys, caseworkers, and caregivers bring detailed information about a child's health to court. This booklet provides an overview of important health issues for children and youth in foster care. The appendix provides three downloadable age-appropriate forms that…
Easy-to-read basics to help families toward economic stability. Includes emergency benefits, job search and readiness, and basic budgeting. Presentation slides on CD-ROM (2010) are available for purchase, allowing for easy presentation by your staff to clients.(Author abstract modified)