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October 2003Vol. 4, No. 8New Training Curriculum Helps Involve Fathers in Their Children's Lives

The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) recently released a first-of-its-kind Fatherhood Training Curriculum to help child welfare professionals engage fathers more effectively. After a 2-year study of the child welfare system, NFPN concluded the system was primarily geared toward mothers and their children, leaving fathers largely out of the picture. NFPN uncovered no written policies, resources, or training curricula in the child welfare system to help involve fathers in their children's lives. The new 70-page curriculum was created to fill that gap.

Topics covered by the curriculum include:

  • What do we know about fatherhood?
  • Current child welfare practice regarding fathers
  • Agency assessment and policies
  • Communicating with fathers
  • Principles of practice (including case examples)
  • Evaluation tools

More information about the curriculum can be found on the NFPN website at The curriculum costs $50 and can be ordered online from NFPN at or by writing to:

Priscilla Martens, Executive Director
National Family Preservation Network
3971 North 1400 E.
Buhl, ID 83316

Related Items

Read more about the role of fathers in previous issues of Children's Bureau Express:

  • "Literature Review Explores Non-Custodial Fathers' Involvement in Child Welfare" (April 2003)
  • "Supporting Responsible Fathers in Baltimore, Maryland" (May 2002)
  • "LONGSCAN Examines Fatherhood" (April 2002)