This article is the second part of a two-part series on reform to engage non-resident fathers in child welfare proceedings. The first part appeared in the August 2008 issue of Child CourtWorks and addressed individual obstacles and institutional barriers to engaging nonresident fathers. This part provides specific suggestions for improvement of the system. (Author abstract)
This article is the first part of a two-part series on reform to engage non-resident fathers in child welfare proceedings. It addresses individual obstacles and institutional barriers to engaging nonresident fathers.
This practice bulletin focuses on the need to engage fathers of children in foster care in planning for their child. The benefits of father involvement are noted, and strategies for engaging fathers are provided. A chart pairs challenges and opportunities for father involvement with concrete practices to involve fathers. The roles of different professionals and foster parents in maintaining the parent-child bond are also described.
The authors have developed a framework for thinking about what kinds of services and programs would be appropriate for separating fathers (which can apply to mothers as well). These fall into three key domains: facilitating fathers' parenting and their adaptation to structural changes affecting the entire family, the process of emotional and legal separation from a partner/significant other or spouse, and their individual emotional and psycho-social needs. This framework was presented as a research poster in October 2008 at the Father Involvement 2008 Diversity, Visibility, Community…
This poster, presented at Father Involvement 2008, Diversity Visibility Community is a visual representation of a conceptual framework for orienting services for separated and divorced fathers. (Author abstract)
This Brief summarizes findings from a CDC study on cultural values and parenting and child rearing. The study focused on five cultural groups -- African-Americans, American Indians, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and non-Hispanic Whites. It examined the ways that parents respond to children's behavior and their views of desirable or undesirable parenting practices. Uncovering the differences and commonalities in values, normative practices, and child-rearing goals across cultural groups is an important step in developing culturally-competent and effective programs and support for…
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Help children and fathers create memories with Dadventures! Filled with fun activities that kids and dads can do together, this interactive curriculum teaches children important character traits and connects kids directly with their dads for a fun time they'll never forget. It is a great complement to any fatherhood program and is simple to facilitate! With 18, fifteen minute sessions, this curriculum provides you with fun, easy activities that both dads and kids will enjoy. Its perfect for schools, community-based programs, character education programs, military bases -- any place you're…
An increasing portion of lower class men have children in more than one relationship. These men, which I term dual fathers, are poorly understood by researchers. Based on 62 interviews with low-income fathers, this project elucidates the beliefs, behaviors, and fathering identities of dual fathers. I find that all low-income fathers tend to adapt a "father figure" rather than a "father" definition offathering responsibility. I also find that fathers tend to self-identify as responsible fathers, despitevarying definitions of responsibility. (Author abstract)
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Mothers are a key factor for getting fathers involved. When both parents can effectively co-parent together, their children benefit greatly.
We've developed the Mom As Gateway curriculum module to help you break down barriers between mothers and fathers and facilitate helpful discussions and efforts towards co-parenting.
This module addresses what is known as Maternal Gatekeeping - when a mother's beliefs about a father, as well as her behaviors, hinder a father's involvement. Studies show that mothers' perceptions greatly influence fathers' involvement.
Using this module, facilitators…