In recognition of Women’s History Month, this NRFC webinar highlighted the important roles that women have played, and continue to play, in the field of responsible fatherhood. We discussed how the voices of women have influenced fatherhood research, advocacy, and public policy; explored the role of female professionals in the development and implementation of fatherhood services; and provided tips from female experts on how women can effectively deliver front-line fatherhood services such as case management and group facilitation.
Linda Mellgren, Senior…
Research shows child outcomes are primarily a result of upbringing and parental involvement. Universal access to affordable, quality services and support networks are an imperative component to a family's economic success and general well being. These critical elements are also essential for positive child and youth outcomes. Family strengthening seeks to incorporate this research evidence into a model that focuses on the entire family within the context of its community. Prevailing human service interventions have been problem-specific, fragmented and crisis oriented, whereas family…
Getting fathers through the door is one of the biggest challenges faced by fatherhood programs, but then it is important to keep them involved while you work towards positive outcomes for them and their families. Please join us for an overview of relevant research and a conversation about lessons learned from outreach and retention work in responsible fatherhood programs.
Neil Tift, Outreach Project Coordinator, Native American Fatherhood and Families Association, Mesa, AZ
Angel Flores, Program Supervisor, Dads’ Club, Vista Community Clinic, Vista, CA
Capacity for this tool refers to the information, skills, resources, abilities, and supports needed to develop, evaluate, and sustain a public health approach to prevent teen dating violence. Dating Matters Capacity Assessment and Planning Tool (DM-CAPT) is a free online tool that allows comprehensive teen dating prevention initiatives to assess their capacity to implement comprehensive teen dating violence prevention programs by surveying stakeholders. The insights learned from using this tool will assist teen dating violence prevention initiatives in identifying strengths and areas for…
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In 2015 alone, more than 33,000 people in the United States died of opioid overdose, which is over 90 people each day. This toolkit, developed by the HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, contains practical steps your organization can take to bring hope and healing to the millions suffering the consequences of opioid abuse disorder. (Author abstract)
The Sustainability Framework and Assessment Tool was developed at the Center for Public Health Systems Science (CPHSS), a public health research center at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. The Center’s work in the area of sustainability began in 2003 with Project LEaP, a rigorous process evaluation examining the effects of funding reductions on eight state tobacco control programs. Recognizing that sustainability is a significant challenge for not only public health, but also social service and clinical care programs, in 2010 CPHSS began…
How can child welfare agencies and local fatherhood organizations partner together to improve father and paternal family engagement in the lives of children involved in the child welfare system? This podcast features an example of a successful partnership and showcases how the agencies came together, the benefits and outcomes from the partnership, and the keys to success from the perspectives of the State and local agencies, the fatherhood organization, and the fathers involved. (Author abstract)
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Since the mid-1970s the U.S. prison population has quadrupled, reflecting one of the largest policy experiments of the twentieth century. Researchers and policymakers are just beginning to understand the effect that this dramatic expansion has had on U.S. society. Because African Americans and Hispanics are incarcerated at a higher rate than whites, it is reasonable to assume that rising imprisonment has contributed to existing racial inequalities in U.S. society. Earlier work has generally corroborated this assumption,…
Past research has shown numerous adverse effects of parental imprisonment on children. In the United States, studies have found that paternal imprisonment is associated with children's poor school performance; behavioral and mental health problems; crime, delinquency, and criminal justice contact; and worse health, including higher rates of obesity for girls and greater infant mortality, than children without an incarcerated parent.1 One possible consequence that has received relatively little research attention to date is how parental incarceration affects children’s risks of foster care…
This publication introduces an assessment and planning tool to help nonprofits evaluate their parent engagement efforts and chart a path toward deeper partnerships with parents and caregivers. The tool spans just eight pages, with accompanying text outlining how to use it, how to assess its results and what real-world strategies and programs are already in play — and working — to boost parent engagement. (Author Abstract)