Increasing Outreach, Connection, and Services to Low-Income, Non-Custodial Fathers: How Did We Get Here and What Do We Know?

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Journal Name
Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice About Men as Fathers
Journal Volume
10
Journal Issue
1
Page Count
11
Year Published
2012
Author (Individual)
Gordon, Derrick M. et al.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
Unbound
Resource Language
English

This paper documents a model for outreaching, connecting, and serving low-income, ethnically diverse, non-custodial fathers. Men are engaged "where they are" by building their strengths and addressing their needs. The Male Involvement Network's (MIN) collaborative model was created in Connecticut to help fathers become positive and healthy role models by increasing their attachment to their children and families (Smith, 2003). This clinically informed, case management model addresses their physical, emotional, mental, economic and spiritual health needs. Through a relational approach and social modeling it includes skill development in education, economic stability, family/child support, and mental and physical health. Implications for testing this approach are suggested. (Author abstract)

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