Effectively involving fathers in protecting and parenting their children sometimes presents unique challenges and may require special strategies. Find related organizations and tips and resources for engaging fathers in caring for their children.
40+ Top Fatherhood Resources (PDF - 542 KB)
Annie E. Casey Foundation & JustPartners (2011)
Provides a snapshot of web-based materials including field-shaping research and information sites, practical tools, and program guidance for the important work of responsible fatherhood.
Are You Ready for Fatherhood?
Rates a man's emotional readiness to become a father.
Best Practice Guide for Engaging Fathers and Non-Residential Parents (PDF - 519 KB)
North Carolina Division of Social Services (2012)
Reviews information from a research and assessment project by Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina that sought to identify key strategies for building the capacity and strength of North Carolina's fatherhood movement. The project involved the completion of a literature review on best practices and evidenced-based programs, an environmental scan of key national and local resources, and interviews with key stakeholders.
Offers intervention to fathers; trains communities in engaging, assessing, and intervening with high-risk men; and conducts research to improve outcomes.
Catalog of Research Programs for Low-Income Fathers
Administration of Children and Families and Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (2011)
Presents a range of information from studies of programs that served low-income fathers, as a part of an evidence review of family strengthening programs. Each study description provides details on the research, including study design and characteristics of those included in the sample, and of the programs, such as structure, staffing and operations.
Fatherhood Research to Practice Network
Presents a 5-year national project that (1) promotes rigorous evaluation of fatherhood programs that serve low-income fathers, (2) expands the number of researchers and practitioners collaborating to evaluate fatherhood programs through in-person and virtual trainings, and (3) disseminates information, including new evaluation findings, that lead to effective fatherhood practice and evaluation research.
FatherWork, Brigham Young University
Activities for fathers categorized by eight different stages in the child's life.
Finding Your Way: Guides for Fathers in Child Protection Cases (PDF - 15,811KB)
National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System (2011)
Studies have shown that increased father engagement in children's lives results in better outcomes for children and families. This series of short guides provide important tips for non-custodial fathers involved in child protection cases, focusing on issues such as the father's legal rights, child support and courtroom etiquette. They include information written specifically for fathers on how they can be active participants in their children's case and successfully navigate the protection system.
Learning Resources for Strengthening Father Engagement in Child Welfare
North Carolina Division of Social Services & Family Support and Child Welfare Services Statewide Training Partnership (2013)
Training Matters, 14(2)
Presents social workers in North Carolina with a list of resources explaining the important contributions fathers can make to children's well-being and the benefits of healthy father involvement in promoting child development.
National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System Discretionary Grant Cluster
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Provides program information on the four sub grants of the National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System including, Engaging Fathers Project (Indiana), Fathers Engagement Project (Washington), Non-Resident Fathers in the Child Welfare System (Colorado), Tarrant County (TX) Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System.
Perspectives on Being a Father From Men Involved With Child Welfare Services (PDF - 108 KB)
Cameron, Coady, & Hoy (2014)
Child and Family Social Work, 19(1)
Explores implications for engaging fathers in child welfare practice by the findings of life story research with 18 fathers involved with child welfare focusing on their perspectives of fatherhood and their relationships with their children.
FatherWork, Brigham Young University
Describes seven categories of relationship work that help build a caring and supportive father-child relationship.
Resources for Dads
National Fatherhood Initiative
Programs, brochures, articles, and other resources to become a better father.
Top 10 Ways to Balance Life and Work
Resources for fathers to help make more time, and better time, with the family.