All in The Family: Engagement Opportunities in Child Welfare

06/05/2019 - 11:30am to 12:45pm
Research links father involvement to better outcomes for children, even children in the child welfare system. When fathers are involved, their children have shorter lengths of stay in foster care and are more likely to be reunited with birth parents or placed with relatives. However, reviews of child welfare data indicate that child welfare agencies struggle to engage fathers and paternal relatives.
This session began with background on fathers with children in the child welfare system, using data from a major federal evaluation of fatherhood programs. Then, presenters provided an overview of the Fathers and Continuous Learning project, a landmark federal study designed to improve father and paternal relative involvement in child welfare.
Presenters noted possible times and places in the child welfare system for interventions and approaches that might be targeted for increased father involvement. The panel explored how collaborating with system partners and continuously using data to make improvements could create a child welfare culture that successfully engages fathers.
Scott Baumgartner, Researcher, Mathematica, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Jennifer Bellamy, Associate Professor, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
Dr. Matthew Stagner, Vice President, Mathematica, Chicago, Illinois
Pooja Gupta, Social Science Research Analyst, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Washington, D.C.