Enhancing Cultural Competence to Engage Fathers
“Culture refers to the body of learned beliefs, traditions, principles, and guides for behavior that are commonly shared among members of a particular group. Culture serves as a road map for both perceiving and interacting with the world.” 1
“Cultural competence [refers to] a set of knowledge, skills and attitudes that can be developed over time in order to work with those who appear and may be different from us.” 2
One goal of fatherhood and other family strengthening programs should be to design and deliver services in a culturally competent manner. Integrating cultural competence into such programs is important to improving the overall effectiveness of program activities and improving access to quality resources that are respectful of and responsive to the needs of a diverse group of participants. Infusing cultural competence is an ongoing process that takes place at both the individual and organizational levels.