Human Services tends to be mother-and-child-centered in its engagement and service delivery, leaving fathers as second-hand participants. This course examines different components of engaging fathers and participants in father figure roles with different departments and professionals with whom they engage. Class participants will explore contributing factors that impact the way we experience relationships with and provide services to men, and those who are fathers. Research also continues to show that when fathers are involved, children and youth have much better outcomes, including positive overall safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe strategies to identify, locate and meaningfully engage fathers
- Create a strength-based process that embraces fathers around information gathering and case planning
- Interpret how personal biases will impact the ability to effectively involve fathers
- Create a father-friendly environment and safe space
- Understand the unique dynamics of the father/agency relationship.
- Discover the essentials of quality contact and relationship building
- Build community partners and resources serving fathers and families