This practice guide draws on information gained from a research and assessment project by Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina that sought to identify key strategies for building the capacity and strength of North Carolina's fatherhood movement. The project involved the completion of a literature review on best practices and evidenced-based programs, an environmental scan of key national and local resources, and interviews with key stakeholders. Simultaneously, PCANC convened the Fatherhood Policy Committee, consisting of key stakeholders within State and community agencies that have been active in fatherhood activities, to assess, discuss and translate the information and data collected, and make recommendations for advancing North Carolina's fatherhood efforts. The guide begins by explaining healthy father involvement is a protective factor for child well-being and healthy development, and that the following protective factors are linked to a lower incidence of child abuse and neglect: social and emotional competence of children, knowledge of parenting and child development, parental resilience, social connections, concrete supports for parents, and nurturing and attachment. Recommendations are then made for best practices for engaging fathers and non-residential parents at intake, during assessment, in in-home services, and in out-of-home services. Additional strategies are discussed for engaging incarcerated parents, multiple fathers, parents in the armed forces, families with a history of domestic violence, and same sex parents. Finally, a list of additional fathering resources is provided. An appendix includes an organizational check-list to assess father friendliness.
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