This webinar presented an overview of the latest two-generation research and discuss ways in which the concepts might be applied to fatherhood work. Two-generation approaches attend to the needs of parents or caregivers and their children simultaneously. Most two-generation work to date has been with mothers and their children. Although the ultimate goal of most fatherhood programs is enhanced child well-being, only a few focus directly on the needs of fathers and their children. Two-generation approaches that link services for fathers with services for children could increase program impacts and amplify outcomes for children and families. Some child-focused programs, particularly in the Head Start community, are providing services for fathers of participating children; there may also be opportunities for father-focused programs to link with established educational or health services for children.
Participants will improve their knowledge and understanding of:
- The concepts, goals, and structure of two-generation work.
- Recent two-generation work with mothers and their children, and how these programs might better engage fathers.
- Ways in which fatherhood programs could focus services on fathers and children.
- Ideas for linking fatherhood services with community services for children.
- Resources that can inform and guide the development of two-generation programs.
- Keren Cadet, Two-Generation Coordinator, The Center for Working Families, Atlanta, GA
- Anthony Judkins, B.S., Program Manager, John S. Martinez Fatherhood Initiative, Connecticut Department of Social Services, Hartford, CT
- Rodney Lawrence, Family Support Specialist, Supporting Arms, Atlanta, GA
- Wanda N. Walker, Director of Program Excellence, Jeremiah Program, Minneapolis, MN
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