This curriculum is designed to be used to encourage the engagement of nonresident fathers in the lives of their children. Materials and resources are provided for conducting group sessions with fathers that address the following topics: the functions of the child welfare system; service planning in the child welfare system; ensuring children have a healthy father that makes good life choices; identifying and accessing resources that are available for families; the role of culture in parenting; child development and meeting the needs of children; the child welfare visitation process and techniques for having successful visits; the processes of the juvenile court system, legal advocacy, and court etiquette; child support and what is expected of a nonresidential father; shared parenting and recommendations for working with the child's mother, extended families, and foster parents; and workforce readiness and the importance of gaining employment. Materials for each session include information on the purpose of the session, facilitator preparation, facilitator resources, a list of materials needed for conducting the group session, group activities, and relevant handouts. The curriculum closes with a dictionary of key terms.
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