Fathers and The Family: Engaging Fathers in Family-Focused Service Provision.

Session Date and Time
Summit Session Moderator(s)
Barbara Spoor, Family Assistance Program Specialist, Office of Family Assistance, Washington, D.C.
Summit Session Presenter(s)
Nigel Vann, Product Development Lead, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, Silver City, New Mexico
James Worthy, Outreach Coordinator, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, Reisterstown, Maryland
Year Published
Author (Individual)
Nigel. Worthy
Author (Organization)
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.
Resource Type
Fatherhood Summit Session
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Family services programs are also in the business of serving fathers. How can they become more father friendly? This session drew on the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse’s (NRFC) Responsible Fatherhood Toolkit: Resources from the Field and the shared experiences of participants. The workshop explored the most effective ways to recruit and engage fathers to improve outcomes for families and children.

Presenters focused on hiring, training, and supporting staff, conducting successful outreach and recruitment, and delivering effective services. The presenters also shared tips from the toolkit and other NRFC resources.

Participants gained:

  • Greater understanding of resources in the NRFC’s Responsible Fatherhood Toolkit
  • Wider awareness of promising practices in the field and tips on how to implement them
  • Expanded connections to fellow practitioners

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