The majority of children in the child welfare system do not live with their fathers, increasing their risk for poverty, criminal activity, school withdrawal, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy. Despite the benefits of father involvement, many child welfare workers do not address father-child relationships in their assessments and services to families. This article identifies several strategies to engage fathers in child welfare work, including assessing the reasons for limited contact, using materials designed specifically for fathers, and helping mothers and children to appreciate the role of fathers. Employment support and peer networks also can equip fathers to be more involved in the lives of their children.
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