Child Welfare Professionals' Experiences in Engaging Fathers in Services.

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Journal Name
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.
Journal Volume
30
Journal Issue
2
Page Count
20
Year Published
2013
Author (Individual)
Saleh, Mahasin F.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
Unbound
Resource Language
English
The purpose of this exploratory focus group study was to examine child welfare professionals' (n = 22) experiences with and perspectives towards working with fathers. The six themes that emerged from the thematic analysis contrasted sharply with earlier research findings and indicated that child welfare professionals skillfully engage fathers and that some fathers trust the system and are motivated to be involved. The findings revealed insights about foster fathers and working with foster parents. Unique regional issues also emerged as a factor that affect fathers and families. Recommendations for designing training, especially in areas with limited fatherhood specific services are provided. (Author abstract)

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