Co-Parenting: Resources and Best Practices for Service Providers.

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Author (Organization)
United States Office of Adolescent Health.
Resource Type
Training Materials
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Fathers and mothers who interact positively with each other contribute to their child’s positive development in several ways. Young parents can interact positively as romantic partners or as co-parents. While these two aspects of parents’ relationships are related, co-parenting (e.g., the ability to support each other’s needs as parents) is particularly important for children’s positive development because it directly involves the child. Program staff can help young fathers and mothers foster supportive and positive co-parenting interactions to promote children’s well-being. This resource is intended to help youth-serving professionals who support young parents. It begins with a description of the importance of co-parenting and its association with child wellbeing, and is followed by suggestions for how best to support young fathers and other caregivers in co-parenting programming services. It also includes resource spotlights that provide youth-serving professionals with additional information on these topics. (Author abstract)

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