Current child welfare programs are targeted toward the mother and child and do not place priority on services to support father-child relationships. This curriculum was developed by the National Family Preservation Network to instruct child welfare policymakers and practitioners in the importance of fathers in the lives of their children. The goals of the training program are to promote father-friendly policies that strengthen families and provide additional resources for child placement, when necessary. Administrators will learn to evaluate agency policies and modify those that prevent father involvement, while child welfare workers will improve their ability to identify fathers and encourage their participation in case planning. The curriculum guide provides an overview of each unit. Topics include agency assessment and policy development; communications with fathers and mothers; and evaluations. The curriculum will be tested in at least five sites and modified as needed.
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