Web Resources: Father Engagement

Paula Campbell, Permanency Planning for Children Department, NCJFCJ

Summary: Recent studies and statistics reveal that children living apart from their fathers are at an increased risk of suffering various negative outcomes. These findings have sparked increased interest in the critical role fathers play in a child’s development, particularly for children in the foster care system seeking permanency. The following websites and publications highlight the necessity of including fathers in decision-making processes as well as promising practices of father engagement.

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Resources and Research

Update September 2010:  New Tools Available for Judges on Engaging Fathers
Four video vignettes, developed and produced by Judge Len Edwards, are now available on the National Quality Improvement Center on Nonresident Fathers and the Child Welfare System (QIC-NRF) website. These videos provide practical guidance to judges on how they can better interact with fathers at different, critical stages of the child protection case. To view these videos and obtain other free information and materials about father engagement in child protection cases, please visit the QIC-NRF website.

American Bar Association, "Reaching Nonresident Fathers in the Child Welfare System: Understanding Male Help-Seeking Behaviors," ABA Child Law Practice (January 2009)

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota, "The Fatherhood Factor in Permanency Planning," Practice Notes (March 2004)

Child Trends, Fatherhood and parenting resources, research briefs and publications

Children’s Bureau Express, “Lessons from Promising Teen Fatherhood Programs” (April 2009)

National Family Preservation Network, Fatherhood in the Child Welfare System Final Research Report

National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning, Best Practice, Next Practice, Father Involvement Issue (Summer 2002); "Engaging Fathers in Permanency Planning: Early Identification of Paternal Resources,” Permanency Planning Today (Winter 2003)

Urban Institute, Getting Noncustodial Dads Involved in the Lives of Foster Children (November 2003); with US Department of Health and Human Services, What About the Dads? Child Welfare Agencies’ Efforts to Identify, Locate, and Involve Nonresident Fathers (April 2006); with US Department of Health and Human Services, More About the Dads: Exploring Associations Between Nonresident Father Involvement and Child Welfare Case Outcomes (March 2008)

US Government Accountability Office, Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiative: Further Progress Is Needed in Developing a Risk-Based Monitoring Approach to Help HHS Improve Program Oversight (PDF), GAO Report (September 2008)

Publications (PDFs)

American Humane Child Protection Leader newsletter (September 2003), “Fathers and their Families: The Untapped Resource for Children Involved in the Child Welfare System.”

National Fatherhood Initiative, The One Hundred Billion Dollar Man: The Annual Public Costs of Father Absence (2008).

Scott, K.L. & Crooks, C.V. (Summer 2006), “Intervention for Abusive Fathers: Promising Practices in Court and Community Responses,” Juvenile and Family Court Journal, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

US Department of Health and Human Services, “Promising Teen Fatherhood Programs: Initial Evidence Lessons from Evidence-based Research,” NRFC Practice Brief  (September 2008).

Training Guides and Fact Sheets

National Family Preservation Network, Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum

National Fatherhood Initiative, The Father Factor: The Facts of Fatherhood

Websites

The Down to Earth Dad

National Fatherhood Initiative

National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System

State of Hawaii, Department of Human Services, Commission on Fatherhood

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