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How can child welfare agencies and local fatherhood organizations partner together to improve father and paternal family engagement in the lives of children involved in the child welfare system? This podcast features an example of a successful partnership and showcases how the agencies came together, the benefits and outcomes from the partnership, and the keys to success from the perspectives of the State and local agencies, the fatherhood organization, and the fathers involved.
Child Welfare Information Gateway created a three-part podcast series on engaging fathers and working with fatherhood organizations. Part 1 and Part 2 of this series feature a conversation with leaders of local fatherhood organizations. The discussion provides perspective, insights, and recommendations to help child welfare agencies partner with fatherhood organizations to enhance the engagement and involvement of fathers and paternal family members in establishing permanency and safety for children in the child welfare system.
Part 3 of the series provides listeners with insights gained from a partnership occurring in Spartanburg, SC. "Engaging Fathers Part 3" features the following individuals:
- Pat Littlejohn, executive director, South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families
- Andre McCullough, Spartanburg site director, Upstate Fatherhood Coalition
- Martha Pearson, Spartanburg program assistant, Upstate Fatherhood Coalition
- Katie Brophy, former executive director, Spartanburg Department of Social Services
Other Related Resources
- The $100 Billion Dollar Man
National Fatherhood Initiative
- Tossed on a Sea of Change: A Status Update on the Responsible Fatherhood Field (PDF - 2,243 KB)
Klempin & Mincy (2012)
Center for Research on Fathers, Children, and Family Well-Being, Columbia University School of Social Work
- Strengthening Fragile Families (PDF - 263 KB)
McLanahan, Haskins, Garfinkel, Mincy, & Donahue (2010)
The Future of Children