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May 2013Vol. 14, No. 4Fatherhood Engagement Guide

The North Carolina Department of Social Services, the State agency responsible for child welfare programs in North Carolina, released a new guide, Best Practice Guide for Engaging Fathers and Non-Residential Parents. This guide offers recommendations and tools for implementing or improving practices aimed at engaging fathers within child welfare and other child-serving systems.

The guide offers an overview of father engagement and explores the positive impacts the presence of fathers has on child well-being and healthy development. In addition, the guide offers recommendations for improving practices to engage fathers in case planning and family-team meetings within the child welfare system. Unique parenting opportunities are explored, such as within military families, same-sex couples, incarcerated parents, and more. Finally, the guide provides a "Father Friendly Check-Up," an assessment tool designed by the National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System, National Fatherhood Initiative, American Humane Association, and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. This assessment tool is designed to identify current practices and encourage additional father involvement in programs.

Best Practice Guide for Engaging Fathers and Non-Residential Parents is available on the NC Division of Social Services' website: (518 KB)