This issue brief notes recent research that provides strong evidence for the inclusion of fathers in the home visiting process and indicates including fathers in home visiting programs is not only good for young children, it is an opportunity to positively impact the health and well-being of new fathers. The economic, social and emotional development, cognitive development, and academic achievement benefits for children when they have involved fathers are reviewed, as well as the role of fathers in modeling positive adult relationships. Strategies home visiting programs can use to promote the health and well-being of fathers, including adolescent fathers, are then listed and examples of how programs have successfully engaged fathers are provided. 28 references.
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