Issue 65 |  June 2018
Engaging with Fathers to Strengthen Families
A Note from the Director

Father's Day is June 17th. As we celebrate Dads for all that they do or have done, it's important to be mindful of the important influence they have on positive youth development. Summer often provides additional opportunities for families to spend time together. Family vacations and backyard barbeques are perfect events for family bonding and creating happy memories. Dads don't have to be present in the home to have a positive presence in the lives of their children. However, Dads who don't live in the home do have to be more intentional about creating and taking advantage of opportunities to spend time together. With blended families, scheduling and personality conflicts between adults can create barriers. As families and social service providers we need to celebrate and encourage these Dads who make the extra effort. I hope the tips and resources below will be helpful to you and the families you serve as we work together to strengthen families by strengthening healthy relationships.
Best Regards,
Robyn Cenizal, CFLE
Project Director
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Fathers play an important role in the development of their children and families. Below are some tips from the former National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center to aid service providers to positively engage the fathers they work with:
Discuss what being a good dad means to them and what their dreams and aspirations are for themselves and their children.
Use a strengths-based approach focusing on fathers capabilities instead of any deficits
Engage fathers in any discussion that involves the provision of a service or particular course of treatment for their child; or emphasize with the mother, if she is the primary caretaker, that the father's involvement is vital.
You can find more tips like these in the former National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center's brief.
Featured Resources
The Resource Center's Virtual Library has collected more than 3,000 materials in a variety of formats including fact sheets, research-to-practice briefs, brochures, pamphlets, training resources, program reports or evaluations, and research materials.
One way to support fathers' family involvement is to assist them with effective co-parenting. Encouraging healthy relationship skill-building and healthy parenting can help blended families experience less conflict. This tip sheet for navigating relationships with co-parents can be shared with fathers or printed and used as a handout in program offices or at events.
Child Welfare Information Gateway has developed a three-part podcast series on engaging fathers and working with fatherhood organizations. This first part features a conversation with leaders of local fatherhood organizations in which they share their perspectives and insights on the following: 1) examining fathers' value in the lives of their children; 2) creating a father-friendly child welfare system; 3) locating noncustodial fathers in your community; 4) partnering with fatherhood organizations as a resource to support child welfare practice; and 5) sharing the often unheard perspective of fathers. Part 2 and Part 3 are also available in the Resource Center library.
This brief highlights the experiences of a select group of home visiting programs in the United States that are engaging low-income fathers, including the approaches programs use, the challenges they face in engaging fathers, and the strategies they use to overcome these challenges.
The Resource Center's Events Calendar offers a listing of Resource Center events and other national, regional, and community-wide events that might be of interest. Upcoming events include:
Please join the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families (Resource Center) for a new webinar that discusses the diversity of Asian American populations and provides targeted cultural information on dominant Asian demographic groups in the United States. The Asian population in the US includes at least 26 countries of origin, representing a range of languages and cultural groups. When stakeholders seek to learn and understand the complexities of one of the fastest growing immigrant group in the United States, Asian families are more likely to be receptive to programmatic messages and a stronger rapport can be built between client and service provider. This webinar will provide an overview of the Resource Center's newest toolkit, Working with Asian American Individuals, Couples, and Families: A Toolkit for Stakeholders, which focuses on Asian immigration and history, the complexities of Asian groups, cultural considerations, and ways safety-net service providers can improve service delivery to Asian American families.

Register for the webinar here.
The meeting of the social work profession will convene more than 2,000 social workers, like-minded professionals, and social work thought leaders for four days of unparalleled opportunities for professional development, continuing education, networking, and thought-provoking conversations tackling the most pressing issues facing the social work profession across the world.
"Caring for Each Other: Family Caregiving Across the Generations" is the theme for the 2018 Groves Conference. Program chairs Sharon M. Ballard, Ph.D., CFLE, and Coco Readdick, Ph.D., invite family professionals to enjoy the beautiful state of Maine while engaging in stimulating presentations, panels, and excursions. Membership in Groves is not required to attend the conference.
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This newsletter was published by ICF with funding provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: 90FH0003. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.
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