When fathers are involved with their children, a strong base of research shows that there are considerable benefits to the health and well-being of children, mothers and even the fathers themselves. The issue of engaging fathers has been the focal point for federal efforts like the Responsible Fatherhood Grants and the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.
But in the effort to emphasize the importance of paternal parenting, young fathers and those who are involved with the child welfare system have often been neglected, according to the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). In a new report, the needs and barriers facing young fathers are identified, especially those who are transitioning to adulthood after time spent in the foster-care system.
Designed to create opportunities for the greater involvement of young fathers into their children’s lives, “Changing Systems & Practices to Improve the Lives of Young Fathers, Their Children and Their Families” offers recommendations to child-welfare agencies and jurisdictions to bolster services for young fathers.
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