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July/August 2017Vol. 18, No. 5Three-Part Podcast Series on Engaging Fathers

Child Welfare Information Gateway recently posted the third and final installment in its podcast series on engaging fathers. The series explores partnerships between child welfare agencies and community fatherhood organizations that work toward engaging fathers and paternal family members, which can potentially double a child's family resources. During the podcast, professionals from child welfare agencies and fatherhood organizations discuss why having a father in a child's life is so important and steps that child welfare agencies can take to partner with community fatherhood organizations to improve father engagement.

The following is a summary of the podcast series:

  • The first podcast provides information on how to make child welfare more father-friendly to improve outcomes for children and families; how to work with a fatherhood organization to help bridge the relationship between parents involved in child welfare and the caseworker; and how to eliminate barriers to father engagement both at the grassroots and policy levels.
  • The second podcast focuses on how to build a strong relationship between child welfare agencies and local fatherhood organizations, including tips for successfully connecting with noncustodial fathers.
  • The third podcast provides listeners with insights on a successful partnership between a South Carolina child welfare agency and a local fatherhood organization that supports training, understanding between the father and social worker, and father engagement.

The Engaging Fathers podcast series is available on the Children's Bureau website at