This resource discusses the difference between "deadbeat" and "dead broke" fathers. The overview provides insight on how practitioners can encourage low-income fathers and how to show fathers that their presence in their children's lives is important and essential.
This article discusses reasons for the lack of father involvement in child rearing, the benefits of father involvement for children's well-being, and the benefits of father engagement that are specific to child protective services and foster care. Strategies for engaging fathers are discussed in the areas of agency commitment, locating and recruiting fathers, the initial contact, and on-going contact. Characteristics of successful father engagement programs are also noted.
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The study reported here evaluated the efficacy of Partners in Parenting (PIP), which, in collaboration with Colorado State University Extension, was implemented in seven counties across Colorado. A total of 54 parents took part in the study. A pretest/posttest design was used to assess short-term changes in parenting practices, parental attitudes, and parental stress following intervention. After PIP, parents demonstrated improvement in basic elements of parent-child relationships and parenting attitudes and skills. These promising results warrant further investigation into the benefits of…
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Identifying and locating fathers early helps children establish or maintain important connections with their fathers and paternal relatives. It also reduces delays in permanency, if the goal is adoption. Establishing paternity quickly after a putative father is located is critical to ensuring the case moves quickly and the father can assert and protect his constitutional rights to the care and custody of his child. Designed for judges, this bench card contains ways in which judicial officers can assist in this process. (Author abstract modified)
This book explores the harmful impacts of domestically violent fathering in heterosexual relationships, and emphasizes the urgent need for changes in policy and practice to improve the safety and wellbeing of the children concerned. Data from original qualitative research with 20 violent fathers in the United Kingdom on their parenting practices is used to examine fathers' perceptions of their domestic violence and its impact on children, their relationships with children, and their parenting practices. The book begins by summarizing research on the impact of fathers' violence on children and…
This fact sheet profiles the Parents as Teachers program, an evidence-based home visiting approach that builds strong families and promotes positive parent-child interaction so children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Findings from a 2004 study on the benefits and costs of prevention and early intervention programs are shared and indicate Parents as Teachers had the largest benefit per dollar of cost ($1.23) of all reviewed pre-kindergarten education programs for children up to age 3. Goals of the Parent as Teachers program are explained and include: enhance parent knowledge of child…
This article provides foster/adoptive parents, who may have some valid concerns about sexual abuse and about meeting the special needs of children who have been sexually abused, with some basic information about child sexual abuse as well as some special considerations to help them feel more confident in taking on the challenges and rewards of fostering or adopting these children.
Studies have shown that increased father engagement in children's lives results in better outcomes for children and families. This series of short guides provide important tips for non-custodial fathers involved in child protection cases, focusing on issues such as the father's legal rights, child support and courtroom etiquette. They include information written specifically for fathers on how they can be active participants in their children's case and successfully navigate the protection system. (Author abstract)
Intended for incarcerated males in New York State, this fact sheet explains the rights of parents to make arrangements for their child's care, be informed about the foster care agency responsible for the child's care, know how to reach the family caseworker, participate in permanency planning for the child, get information about family visiting, visit with the child, be assigned an attorney for the Family Court case, and attend Family Court proceedings. The responsibilities of incarcerated parents are also explained, as well as a petition to terminate parental rights, permanency planning, and…
This chapter looks at the extent and impact of fathers' violence on children and children's own perspectives on their violent fathers. Key findings from the research on the varying ways children are harmed through this violence are summarized, as well as research on children's views of living with paternal domestic violence and their feelings towards their fathers. (Author abstract modified)