Helpful Resources

Work With Dads

Helpful Resources

  • ROAD to Fatherhood: How to Help Young Dads Become Loving and Responsible Parents by Jon Morris (2002) presents real stories from young fathers together with strategies to help other fathers. The book features sections on planning, selecting qualified and empathetic staff, recruiting participants, evaluating curricula, promoting services, and celebrating a father’s love for his child.
  • Teen Dads: Rights, Responsibilities, and Joys by Jeanne Warren Lindsay (2001) covers parenting basics, with tips and resources drawn from interviews with 52 young fathers.
  • Young Dads/Young Moms: A Curriculum for Facilitated Group Meetings by Parents as Teachers (2007) was adapted from the MELD Young Dads & MELD Young Moms curriculum. This 850-page curriculum focuses on strengthening families’ protective factors. Materials include facilitator resources, detailed group meeting plans, and activities to engage young people. Dads receive special focus, not just in the meeting plans for dads but also in materials for moms. Five units address topics in the areas of personal development, health and safety, parenting skills, child development, and using community resources.
  • The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has several resources to help programs focus on pregnancy planning with fathers:
  • The Transition to Fatherhood in Young Men by David Quinton, Sue Pollock, and Jean Golding (2002) was part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Youth, Citizenship and Social Change project, which aimed to improve understanding of the way young people aged 16–25+ make the transition to adulthood and examined the support and resources they need to become effective citizens of the 21st century.
  • Promising Teen Fatherhood Programs: Initial Evidence Lessons From Evidence-Based Research by Jacinta Bronte-Tinkew, Mary Burkhauser, and Allison Metz (2008). This NRFC research brief presents 10 promising practices for working with teen fathers.
  • Fast Facts: The Unique Needs of Young Fathers offers information and resources from the Healthy Teen Network.
  • Supporting Young Fathers in Their Parenting Journey by Nigel Vann (2015). This Youth Today publication provides additional tips and resources for programs working with young families.