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Changing Systems & Practice to Improve Outcomes For Young Fathers, Their Children & Their Families

The Center for the Study of Social Policy’s (CSSP) newest policy report highlights the need to support young fathers by providing recommendations for child welfare system policy and practice change. Research shows that the relationship between fathers and their children is essential to the well-being of families and the healthy development of children, however little attention is paid to the importance of engaging young fathers under age 26, particularly young fathers who are involved with child welfare systems. This report provides recommendations on how systems can better focus on father involvement to increase positive outcomes for fathers, their children and families. Policy recommendations are provided in the following categories:

  • Father-inclusive organizational culture;
  • Father identification;
  • Father-focused practice;
  • Family time;
  • Coparenting;
     
  • Father-focused services;
  • Undocumented fathers;
  • Incarcerated fathers;
  • Intimate partner violence; and
  • Data collection and analysis.

"We have to listen to the young fathers."

 

 





This report was made possible through the commitment of a cross-national professional workgroup. Workgroup members devoted their time over a nine month period and provided invaluable input in the development of this product. It applies a trauma-informed, multi-generational and intersectional lens to fatherhood work in child welfare systems, and addresses the unique barriers that young fathers face.  

Along with the report, CSSP released a new video, Effectively Engaging Young Fathers in Child Welfare, which highlights the voices of three young fathers (James, William and Carlos) from New York City. These fathers share their lived experiences and provide recommendations for child welfare system leaders on how to strengthen father engagement.

Download the full report: Changing Systems & Practices to Improve the Lives of Young Fathers, Their Children and Their Families

View the Effectively Engaging Young Fathers in Child Welfare video below: 

 

 


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Download the full report: Changing Systems & Practices to Improve the Lives of Young Fathers, Their Children and Their Families

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