Addressing fathers’ employment needs is crucial in most fatherhood programs, but many dads face special challenges in finding work. This session began with a brief overview of how employment has been addressed in fatherhood programs through key demonstration projects such as Parents’ Fair Share. Next, the presenters described effective methods for providing employment services to a range of high-need fathers including noncustodial or nonresidential fathers, and fathers with criminal records, minimal education, or child support arrears. The presenters addressed common road blocks to engaging fathers in employment, and they will highlight a strategy to build effective partnerships between fatherhood programs and employers. Participants engaged in activities to help identify strengths and limitations in their current employment initiatives, and they will learn new approaches.
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