Training Materials, Book
Help children and fathers create memories with Dadventures! Filled with fun activities that kids and dads can do together, this interactive curriculum teaches children important character traits and connects kids directly with their dads for a fun time they'll never forget. It is a great complement to any fatherhood program and is simple to facilitate! With 18, fifteen minute sessions, this curriculum provides you with fun, easy activities that both dads and kids will enjoy. Its perfect for schools, community-based programs, character education programs, military bases -- any place you're…
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Mothers are a key factor for getting fathers involved. When both parents can effectively co-parent together, their children benefit greatly.
We've developed the Mom As Gateway curriculum module to help you break down barriers between mothers and fathers and facilitate helpful discussions and efforts towards co-parenting.
This module addresses what is known as Maternal Gatekeeping - when a mother's beliefs about a father, as well as her behaviors, hinder a father's involvement. Studies show that mothers' perceptions greatly influence fathers' involvement.
Using this module, facilitators…
This InfoSheet presents research findings from the 2006 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study, What About the Dads? Child Welfare Agencies' Efforts to Identify, Locate, and Involve Nonresident Fathers, which was conducted by the Urban Institute with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. Based on this research, it offers ways in which caseworkers can locate and work with fathers to get them involved with their children.
This document is to guide family services practitioners and fatherhood advocates in Minnesota as they work with fathers. The hope is that this information will help identify when an unmarried father is facing an issue that has important legal considerations or ramifications and provide some brief information. This is general educational information and not advice on any particular situation. More in-depth information on these topics can be found in the Unmarried Fathers? Guide to Paternity, Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support inMinnesota, at…
This information sheet provides tips on how fathers can not only build relationships with their children but also build their self confidence through consistent, positive communication and encouragement. The sheet also contains a list of topics for further discussion as well as recommendations for books and movies.
The quality of parents' romantic relationship has important implications for a father's involvement with his child. Both the quality of the mother-father relationship and the level and type of father involvement are critical for children's positive development. This fact sheet discusses the implications and importance of relationship quality on the well-being of fathers not only in their role as parents but also in other areas of their lives as well as its impact on fathers' involvement with their children. (Author abstract)
The quality of the relationship between a mother and father is important for understanding their coparenting behavior (i.e., shared decision making about the well-being of a child). Research suggests that better mother-father relationships and higher quality coparenting relationships go hand in hand, and the quality of each of these relationships is important for children's well-being. This fact sheet discusses the importance and implications of couple relationship quality for father' coparenting. (Author abstract)
Alcohol abuse has negative consequences for men's health, their relationships with their partners, and their children's well-being. Alcohol abuse rates for men declined in the late 1980s, but increased between 1990 and 2000. This fact sheet discusses the implications of alcohol abuse on fathers, their relationships with their children, as well as implications for their spouses or partners. (Author abstract)
In 2006, there were almost 36 million immigrants in the U.S., representing over 12 percent of the population. Immigrant parents represent a diverse group from across the globe, and the population of immigrant fathers has varied characteristics. Immigrant fathers are less likely than native-born fathers to have a high school education--a factor associated with lower income--but immigrant fathers are also more likely to reside with their children--due to marriage or cohabitation. This fact sheet discusses the implications of immigrant fathers' diversity and its impact on involvement with…
How men feel about a pregnancy and their support for partners during pregnancies have implications for their involvement with infants and children. An understanding of this issue for fathers of infants is important because the transition to fatherhood represents an ideal opportunity to draw men more actively into parenting. This fact sheet discusses the importance and implications of fathers' prenatal behaviors and pregnancy intentions. (Author abstract)