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Father Involvement in Child Welfare

Each edition of the Best Practice/Next Practice series, sponsored by the Children’s Bureau, focuses on a different aspect of family-centered practice.

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Screen Shot of A Dad's StoryUse the case example in this issue of Best Practice/Next Practice to lead a classroom discussion on the role of fathers in child welfare.  What are some of the cultural norms and expectations that influence the way fathers are approached by caseworkers?  What role, if any, should a noncustodial father’s payment of child support play in decisions regarding custody and visitation?  What are some specific things workers can do to engage fathers more effectively and foster strong relationships between fathers and children?

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