Parent and Caregiver Well-Being
The following resources provide information on the well-being of parents and caregivers and suggest ways to improve it.
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
Health Resources and Services Administration
Promotes the health and well-being of the entire population of women, infants, and children though coordination, capacity building, and quality oversight at the community and State levels. Includes funding opportunities.
National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI)
Works to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.
Child Care Subsidies, Maternal Well-Being, and Child-Parent Interactions: Evidence From Three Nationally Representative Datasets (PDF - 310 KB)
Herbst & Tekin (2012)
Presents study results indicating that mothers who receive child care subsidies experience worse health outcomes and poorer interactions with their children.
Disadvantaged Families and Child Outcomes: The Importance of Emotional Support for Mothers (PDF - 139 KB)
Bandy, Andrews, Moore (2012)
Using available data from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s health, this brief analyzes the link between the emotional support that mothers receive -- or do not receive -- in raising their children and their children's development.
The Effects of Caregiver Social Connections on Caregiver, Child, and Family Well-Being
Munsell, Kilmer, Cook, & Reeve
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82(1), 2012
Finds that caregiver strain and social connections were significantly associated with caregiver well-being and offers recommendations to address the impact on child development.
|The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children|
|Author(s):||Office on Child Abuse and Neglect
Download (PDF - 1,163KB)
|Year Published:||2006 - 125 pages|
|To carry out their responsibilities of protecting children at risk of maltreatment, CPS caseworkers must effectively engage families that often both present and face great challenges. These can include substance abuse, mental health problems, economic stress, unemployment, separation and divorce, inadequate housing, crime, and incarceration. Figuring out how best to work with and engage these families, always with the safety of and permanency for the child as the goal, is not easy. This manual also speaks to both the opportunities and challenges presented by one participant in the family sagas that CPS caseworkers deal with everyday: the father. Working with ...|
Responsible Government: Investing in the Well-Being of Black Fathers, Families and Communities (PDF - 676 KB)
Dressel & Bouchet (2009)
Recommends policy improvements to engage African-American fathers to improve the lives of their children, families, and communities.
Supporting the Mothers: An Exploration of Maternal Health, Well-Being and Support Service Needs for HIV-Positive Mothers (PDF - 120 KB)
Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 11(1), 2009
Suggests strategies for improving the health and well-being of HIV-positive mothers by reducing stigma and discrimination, enhancing parenting skills, and increasing access to health care, child care, and other support program needs.
The Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation: Early Impacts on Low-Income Families (PDF - 1034 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2012)
Presents 12-month impact results from a demonstration project designed to strengthen marriages among low-income married couples with children. Impact on family well-being over time is also examined.