This policy brief provides an overview of the Child Support system, the barriers Child Support creates for low-income families, and the policy changes needed for it to effectively meet the collective needs of very low-income fathers, mothers and children. Drawing upon Women In Fatherhood Inc.'s (WIFI's) qualitative research with women, research on fragile families, and interviews with female experts in the fatherhood field, we provide suggestions for changes to Child Support that will better ensure children are cared for and supported by both parents while encouraging father involvement and…
This article discusses the role of the pediatrician in addressing toxic stress and the development of recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics for implementing prevention, screening, and treatment in clinical practice. The Purposeful Parenting program is highlighted as a way to emphasize face time with infants, and the effectiveness of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is discussed.
This brief reviews current research on the unique experiences of blended families and suggests practices to improve effective coparenting. (Author abstract)
This tip sheet provides specific guidelines for healthcare providers to start and facilitate conversations with parents and children on core relationship skills such as communication, conflict resolution, parenting, and financial literacy. (Author abstract)
Discusses how foster and adoptive parents can help children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse. It provides basic information about sexual abuse and links to other information so that parents can educate themselves about the topic. The factsheet suggests ways to establish guidelines for safety and privacy in the family, and it offers suggestions about when to seek professional help and where to find such help.
Spending positive time with both parents promotes child well-being and is associated with better child support outcomes. Unmarried parents do not have systematic access to assistance in establishing parenting time orders, so stateand local child support programs have sought to address this service gap. This fact sheet highlights states and countiesthat coordinate the establishment of child support orders and parenting time agreements. Family violence safeguardsare always a critical component when addressing parenting time. (Author abstract)
OCSE recently launched Parenting Time Opportunities for Children, a pilot program to give child support agencies grants to develop, implement, and evaluate procedures to establish parenting time orders along with new child support orders. The goal is to learn more about how the child support program can safely and effectively give families opportunities to establish parenting time orders, thereby improving child well-being overall and related child support outcomes. This fact sheet introduces OCSE's Parenting Time Opportunities for Children grantees. (Author abstract)
The purpose of this document is to provide a brief overview of Guiding Good Choices, a drug use prevention program that provides users with the knowledge and skills needed to guide children through early adolescence, based on the information available in The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). The content presented in this brief was retrieved from SAMHSA's NREPP. For detailed descriptions of the outcomes and research mentioned, the quality of research rating, full program information, and a…
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This document is designed to provide the California County of San Bernardino Preschool Services Department (PSD) with guidance for implementing effective site level engagement of fathers and father figures. The PSD Fatherhood Engagement Program aims to impact the culture of each PSD site to be naturally supportive of fathers and their involvement in their child's education. Specific ways the Fatherhood Engagement Program will assist PSD in achieving the Cradle to Career regional goal of the San Bernardino Countywide Vision are discussed and include ways the program will: educate fathers on…
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Father engagement is an integral part of family engagement. This Guide provides information about serving expectant fathers and fathers of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as other men who play a significant role in the lives of young children. It is designed for all Head Start staff, starting with program leaders and managers who shape program policy. It is also designed for direct service staff who interact with fathers, including teachers, family service workers, home visitors, health staff, and transportation providers. It is also useful for parent leaders. (Author abstract…