Our nation’s military fathers and their families face an unprecedented context. Between 2001 and 2008, there was a ten-fold increase in the number of Department of Defense troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan (Belasco, 2009). In 2008 the Parents as Teachers National Center chose SAY--San Diego’s Healthy Start Military Family Resource Center--for its innovation in collaborating with the military to form Dads On Duty, a program uniquely tailored to young military dads with kids ages birth to 5. To date more than 150 fathers have completed Dads on Duty, which uses evidence-based practices…
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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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)
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.
This issue of the Partners for Kids newsletter highlights the good fatherhood work going on in North Carolina.
This brief discusses the importance of getting children ready for school after summer vacation and provides tips for parents for: reviewing bus safety rules for children, implementing routines at least two weeks before the start of school to make sure they are rested and ready for homework, and addressing anxiety about attending school. A list of additional resources for parents is provided.
This chapter explores demographic features of fathers, who they are, where they are, and how fathering as a concept has changed over the generations. Research findings on the benefits of father involvement are shared, and cultural aspects of working with fathers are examined. Key practice points for professionals working with fathers are listed.
Concepts of fathering are explored and research findings on fathers and their relationships and impacts on boys and girls are shared. The need for fathers is highlighted and characteristics and best practices for working with different types of fathers are discussed, including: lone fathers, separated fathers, and stepfathers. Key practice points for professionals working with fathers are listed.
The role of fathers in families is explored, as well as their feelings about their children, parenting strategies, and involvement with their children. The impact of fathering on the psychopathology of children is discussed, as well as the impact of the parental relationship, the role of grandparents, and the challenges faced by gay parents. Key practice points for professionals working with fathers are listed.
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.