This fact sheet begins by providing information on the incidence of child sexual abuse and the services of the Children's Response Center. Components of a medical exam are then explained, as well as the stress symptoms children may experience before or after others learn of the abuse. Feelings parents might experience after learning of the sexual abuse are also discussed, as well as types of counseling available for children and parents. Strategies are offered for protecting a child from further abuse and minimizing the emotional trauma of a child who has been sexually abused. Finally, the…
This InfoSheet includes 10 steps for involving fathers in the early literacy development of their children. (Author abstract modified)
This InfoSheet attempts to define what a "good father" is in terms of generative fathering, which is a is a way of looking at the role of fatherhood through a lens of asset-based development with a presumption that most fathers want to help the next generation to live a better life.
This InfoSheet seeks to aid organizations and agencies that want to add a father-specific program or a father-recruitment goal to their existing social serviceprogramming or educational calendar. (Author abstract)
The National Center on Fathers and Families identified seven lessons that should be considered by policymakers and researchers concerned with the role of fathers in family life. This fact sheet provides a brief explanation of issues related to the diversity of ways in which fathers demonstrate care for their families, the value of father presence, the impact of joblessness on father involvement, and barriers created by the punitive nature of public policies. Other lessons focus on support for co-parenting, the developmental implications of fatherhood, and the influence of family culture on…
This study explored the role that fathers play in the language development of their children. Families were two-parent and middle social economic status. All families spoke English in the home. Children had been in child care since, on average, three months of age. Findings show that children, whose fathers' vocabularies were more varied when they were two, had greater language skills at age three. Mothers' vocabularies did not have a significant impact on children's language skills. Data indicate that parents' levels of education had a significant impact on children's language abilities. In…
Ask DrSears.com's ten tips to help fathers become disciplinarians. Tips include: start early, start at "the bottom", be trustworthy, provide structure, give positive messages, be a role model, be involved in your child's activities, model healthy sexuality, keep connected while apart, and be a father and a provider.
Most children in foster care are not living with their fathers at the time they are removed from their homes, and once in substitute care, these children may experience even less contact with their nonresident fathers. Yet fathers and their relatives represent half of a child's potential family connections and kin resources. If ignored, important social or financial support for the child may be missed as permanency planning is conducted. Fathers or their relatives may be potential substitute caregivers for the child, may support a reunification plan with child support, respite or other…
An essential goal of youth league administrators and coaches is to foster within young players (and parents) an appreciation for the value and responsibilities of being on a team. This objective can be achieved by setting team-building goals to which every team member can aspire. This article discusses the value of good sportsmanship and how this helps children to develop community values and strong relationships. (Author abstract, modified)
Early adolescence can be a challenging time for children and parents alike. Parents often feel unprepared and they may view the years from 10through 14 as a time just "to get through." However, research and common sense tell us that this view is very limited. During the earlyadolescent years, parents and families can greatly influence the growth and development of their children. We sell our children short if we expectlittle from them and we sell ourselves short if we believe that we have no influence.