Getting back into regular contact with your kids after a long absence is a special challenge. Many men feel defeated by the past or discouraged because they haven’t kept up with their kids. However, fathers matter a lot to kids, even if they have been absent. Knowing who your father is and that he cares for you is crucial. Kids get part of their identity from their fathers. If the only thing they have is absence, they can imagine it’s their fault or that they didn’t measure up in some way. As the father, you can do things for your child that no one else can. Here are some things to keep in…
The Research Review we present here has been compiled out of the realization that, in many policy areas, failure by policy makers and practitioners to address fathers' behaviour and concerns results in less than adequate provision for mothers and children. What is clear to us, is that the impact fathers have on their families, and, in particular, on their children -- an impact that is sometimes positive and sometimes negative -- is, in the main, going unrecognized. This Review is an attempt to fill this gap.
* Section 1 - Active Fatherhood in Context -- sets the scene * Section 2…
Matthew Stagner, Executive Director of Chapin Hall, presented research that dispels the myth that low-income fathers are not involved with their children. Other panelists discussed characteristics of effective father engagement programs and how Georgia established a statewide fatherhood initiative that includes local programs and the cooperation of state agencies.
Esta hoja informativa provee consejos sobre como los padres pueden empezar a construir una conexión más amorosa con sus hijos; respondiendo a sus necesidades más importantes. Los niños necesitan un padre que se involucre, que sea comprensivo, afectuoso y consistente y que esté disponible.
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.
Until recently, the situation and capabilities ofunmarried parents, and unmarried fathers inparticular, were not well known. This infosheet presents findings from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, which helps to fill the gap in reliable data available to guide policies and practice relating to unmarried parents.
This information sheet provides tips on how fathers can share stories about their family history with their children to help them to value both their heritage and who they are as individuals. The sheet also contains a list of topics for further discussion as well as recommendations for books and movies.
Achieving balance between work and family--especially within a shrinking economy--is challenging for all families. The Obama-Biden plan for families includes several agenda items for supporting low-income and working families, and presents an overall strategy to strengthen families at home, to ensure that all American families can work and care for their children. This white paper notes lessons learned from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood demonstration grantees. ICF recommends disseminating information on this ground-breaking work to promote…
This brochure from the National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity Building Initiative discusses five strategies for forming an effective Board of Directors. The strategies include: conduct a board check-up, orient new board members, keep searching for new members, shape a board that possesses a mix of education, skills, information, and access to important networks such as donors, and implement strategies to boost board performance.
This brochure from the National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity Building Initiative discusses six strategies for creating a useful logic model that presents a visual display of the connections among the resources available to operate the program, current and planned activities, and changes or results the program hopes to achieve. The strategies include: understand the role of the logic model, evaluate the situation, identify inputs, determine outputs, envision outcomes, outline the model, and implement techniques for guiding program progress. A sample logic model is provided.