This InfoSheet is a brief review of information for family services practitioners and fatherhood advocates, which highlights basic recommendations for making a father-friendly Early Childhood Family Education program. (Author abstract modified)
New families, in particular new fathers, face a world that can be very exciting but also very daunting. Most of the teachers in the early-childhood classrooms are women. Many of the parent education teachers are women. One way to help fathers feel at ease within these classrooms is to identify male teachers or volunteers who can helprecruit and welcome men into the group. This InfoSheet provides a few ways for ensuring the fathers that need help will ask for it. (Author abstract modified)
This document attempts to remove a bit of the mystery around helping parents with child support modifications. Written with the presumption that the father is the noncustodial parent who is paying child support, this same information can be applied to all noncustodial parents whether they are fathers or mothers. (Author abstract)
This InfoSheet contains a list of suggested activities for how a father can be to be involved in his child's life--whether he or she is a baby or a young adult. The key to each of these activities is finding mutually enjoyable activities that can be done all year--not just as a special event on Father's Day. (Author abstract modified)
This InfoSheet will help staff members understand the difference between the perceptions versus the reality of young fathers before beginning any program intended for them.(Author abstract modified)
Teenage childbearing is associated with many adverse consequences for teen mothers, their families, and children. Many of the negative consequences for teen mothers are due to the disadvantaged situations in which many of these girls already lived before having a teen birth. While the disadvantaged backgrounds of most teen mothers account for many of the burdens that these young women shoulder, having a baby during adolescence often restricts economic and educational opportunities, and these disadvantages tend to be passed on to the next generation. Children born to teen mothers are often…
Over two decades of research confirms that parents -- and that includes Dads -- are an important influence on whether their teenagers become pregnant or cause a pregnancy. In a variety of ways, parental behavior and the nature of parent/child relationships influence teens' sexual activity and use of contraception. While parents cannot determine whether their children have sex, use contraception, become pregnant, or cause a pregnancy, the quality of the relationships with their children can make a real difference. (Author abstract)
Research demonstrates that children benefit in a variety of ways when they have significant positive involvement with fathers and father figures. Research also demonstrates that fathers accrue a variety of benefits by being positively involved with their kids. This two-way street of mutual benefits for children and fathers is increasingly noted as a reason for strengthening the relationship between dadand child. This fact sheet highlights the broad benefits of father involvement for children and fathers. (Author abstract).
This fact sheet includes a set of website links designed to assist individuals in mentoring efforts targeting children of prisoners. Links are provided for information on the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Initiative; general mentoring resources; and children of prisoners related resources, including links for information on partnerships, grants, faith-based programs, publications, legal advice, and training; and grant writing tutorials.
This kit describes the Children's Trust Fund Fatherhood Initiative in Massachusetts and strategies for supporting fatherhood. It discusses research findings on the benefits of father involvement and the risks when fathers are absent. A program directory lists fatherhood support programs and resources for different regions of Massachusetts, along with national programs and Internet resources. The kit includes fact sheets that identify ten ways to be a better dad, books for dads to share with their children, fatherhood reference resources, activities to do with children, and tips for non-…