This brief lists resources for engaging fathers in the healthy development of their children. Ten resources are listed and include resources on lessons learned from the Early Head Start Fatherhood Demonstration Projects, the National Fatherhood Clearinghouse, Head Start approaches to strengthening families, and the Fatherhood First program. Descriptions include links for additional information.
This article discusses reasons for the lack of father involvement in child rearing, the benefits of father involvement for children's well-being, and the benefits of father engagement that are specific to child protective services and foster care. Strategies for engaging fathers are discussed in the areas of agency commitment, locating and recruiting fathers, the initial contact, and on-going contact. Characteristics of successful father engagement programs are also noted.
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Identifying and locating fathers early helps children establish or maintain important connections with their fathers and paternal relatives. It also reduces delays in permanency, if the goal is adoption. Establishing paternity quickly after a putative father is located is critical to ensuring the case moves quickly and the father can assert and protect his constitutional rights to the care and custody of his child. Designed for judges, this bench card contains ways in which judicial officers can assist in this process. (Author abstract modified)
Studies have shown that increased father engagement in children's lives results in better outcomes for children and families. This series of short guides provide important tips for non-custodial fathers involved in child protection cases, focusing on issues such as the father's legal rights, child support and courtroom etiquette. They include information written specifically for fathers on how they can be active participants in their children's case and successfully navigate the protection system.
This issue of the Partners for Kids newsletter highlights the good fatherhood work going on in North Carolina.
This brief discusses the importance of getting children ready for school after summer vacation and provides tips for parents for: reviewing bus safety rules for children, implementing routines at least two weeks before the start of school to make sure they are rested and ready for homework, and addressing anxiety about attending school. A list of additional resources for parents is provided.
This chapter explores demographic features of fathers, who they are, where they are, and how fathering as a concept has changed over the generations. Research findings on the benefits of father involvement are shared, and cultural aspects of working with fathers are examined. Key practice points for professionals working with fathers are listed.
Concepts of fathering are explored and research findings on fathers and their relationships and impacts on boys and girls are shared. The need for fathers is highlighted and characteristics and best practices for working with different types of fathers are discussed, including: lone fathers, separated fathers, and stepfathers. Key practice points for professionals working with fathers are listed.
The role of fathers in families is explored, as well as their feelings about their children, parenting strategies, and involvement with their children. The impact of fathering on the psychopathology of children is discussed, as well as the impact of the parental relationship, the role of grandparents, and the challenges faced by gay parents. Key practice points for professionals working with fathers are listed.
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) aims to promote preschoolers' school readiness by supporting parents in providing instruction in the home. The program model is designed for parents who lack confidence in their ability to prepare their children for school, including parents with past negative school experiences or limited financial resources. The HIPPY program model offers weekly activities for 30 weeks of the year, alternating between home visits and group meetings (two one-on-one home visits per month and two group meetings per month). HIPPY sites are encouraged…