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The Need for Father Engagement

The Children's Bureau Child and Family Services Reviews Program Improvement Plan (PIP) noted several areas that needed improvement regarding fathers and their children:

  • The uneven practice involving children/youth and parents, particularly fathers, in assessing and addressing needs and risk issues, case planning, and decision making.
  • Insufficient efforts to promote visitation with fathers.
  • A need to develop an advanced training module on specific strategies for engagement of fathers and related materials to address organizational culture change.
  • A need for increased efforts to locate fathers and strengthen relationships.

Therefore, counties were encouraged to participate in activities that would be inclusive of fathers. As a result, counties implemented father engagement strategies that met their specific county needs. This website will, when possible, highlight the specific county, specific father engagement strategy, and suggestions for systematically implementing and evaluating each.