A father’s role is integral to his children’s social, emotional, and economic well-being, but several barriers may prevent successful co-parenting. Some of the challenges include high-conflict environments, the effects of incarceration, issues of domestic violence and substance misuse, and children in foster care or relative placements. Even when parents face such challenges, positive co-parenting is possible and can provide important benefits for children.
This session provided an overview of the obstacles, interventions, strategies, and benefits for coparenting across a variety of contexts, including single, married, and cohabiting parents. Presenters described how fathers can contribute to successful co-parenting. They presented topics that can be introduced to co-parents to improve their relationships and co-parenting principles that can be incorporated into parenting programs, all with the ultimate goal of supporting the co-parents’ children.
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