Although research on Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) is increasing, minimal documentation has been produced on their fathers as a subgroup. This paper emphasizes the need for targeted funding, updating federal and state policies, and assimilation and dissemination of promising practices on fatherhood to serve the field of practitioners and emerging fatherhood networks. Research aimed at fathers with children with special needs is thankfully on the rise as the father’s role in child development has moved closer to center stage. However, the research acquired within this population of fathers shows contradicting results. With this in mind, our approach will: 1. Offer a broader perspective as we look at these fathers and their needs; 2. Recount observations by general practitioners in the field and lessons learned directly from the field of practice as practitioners seek to integrate service delivery methods; and 3. Highlight philosophies and personal observations gleaned during countless hours of service delivery. (Author abstract)
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