This brief lists resources for engaging fathers in the healthy development of their children. Ten resources are listed and include resources on lessons learned from the Early Head Start Fatherhood Demonstration Projects, the National Fatherhood Clearinghouse, Head Start approaches to strengthening families, and the Fatherhood First program. Descriptions include links for additional information.
This article discusses reasons for the lack of father involvement in child rearing, the benefits of father involvement for children's well-being, and the benefits of father engagement that are specific to child protective services and foster care. Strategies for engaging fathers are discussed in the areas of agency commitment, locating and recruiting fathers, the initial contact, and on-going contact. Characteristics of successful father engagement programs are also noted.
This fact sheet lists inappropriate and appropriate responses to children who are behaving badly. Caregivers are urged to provide children with choices, validate the feelings of the child while stating the inappropriate nature of the behavior, communicate how the behavior is making the caregiver feel, and reaffirm their commitment to the child even when the child is making bad choices.
This brief offers practical tools to agency attorneys on their role in better engaging fathers in child welfare court cases. It includes guidance on: Identifying and locating fathers; Resolving paternity issues; Assessing whether the father can be a placement or other support to the child; Establishing agency policies that promote father engagement.
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Identifying and locating fathers early helps children establish or maintain important connections with their fathers and paternal relatives. It also reduces delays in permanency, if the goal is adoption. Establishing paternity quickly after a putative father is located is critical to ensuring the case moves quickly and the father can assert and protect his constitutional rights to the care and custody of his child. Designed for judges, this bench card contains ways in which judicial officers can assist in this process. (Author abstract modified)
Studies have shown that increased father engagement in children's lives results in better outcomes for children and families. This series of short guides provide important tips for non-custodial fathers involved in child protection cases, focusing on issues such as the father's legal rights, child support and courtroom etiquette. They include information written specifically for fathers on how they can be active participants in their children's case and successfully navigate the protection system.
This issue of the Partners for Kids newsletter highlights the good fatherhood work going on in North Carolina.
Circle of Parents offers tips for parents in both English and Spanish. The tip sheets cover a range of topics including: Say What You Mean - Mean What You Say, Setting Rules and Consequences with Teens, Winning the Chore War, Tantrums, The Power of Choice, Parent Magic!, Swearing, To Discipline Means to Teach!, Defying Defiance, Lying, Handling Resistance, Schoolwork, Time Out!, Making Mealtimes More Pleasant, Sibling Rivalry, Hugging, and Rules: What's Fair?
This brief discusses the importance of getting children ready for school after summer vacation and provides tips for parents for: reviewing bus safety rules for children, implementing routines at least two weeks before the start of school to make sure they are rested and ready for homework, and addressing anxiety about attending school. A list of additional resources for parents is provided.
In the last 50 years, fathers have become much more involved in the day-to-day lives of the children they live with. The role of fathers in the modern American family is changing in important and countervailing ways. Fathers who live with their children have become more intensely involved in their lives, spending more time with them and taking part in a greater variety of activities. However, the share of fathers who are residing with their children has fallen significantly in the past half century. with the share of fathers living apart from their children rising dramatically, to 27% in 2010…