Engaging Fathers

Engaging Fathers

The involvement of fathers is linked to many positive outcomes for children—improved health and well-being, academic success, and less involvement with the juvenile justice system. Children who live with their fathers are also at lower risk of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect than children whose fathers are absent. Professionals who work with families use a range of strategies to engage fathers:
  • Creating father-specific versions of traditional parent support strategies, such as parenting education, parent-child activities, and home visiting, among others.
  • Exploring bias and other barriers to father engagement, along with strategies for overcoming them.
  • Father finding and other strategies for engaging non-custodial fathers and their families—especially as a strategy for avoiding unnecessary involvement in out-of-home care.
CANTASD is developing practice tools, program and policy examples, and information and resources to promote father engagement for the benefit of children and families. Use the menu to the left to browse our library of resources on this topic.


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Dads Rock: Nurturing Father Engagement

June 28, 2017 | Digital Dialogue | Family & Community Engagement

Click to watch the Dads Rock Digital Dialogue

The research is clear: children do better when dads are involved. Yet all too often agencies struggle to attract fathers to their services, and fathers face unconscious bias that keeps them at arms' length. We held a Digital Dialogue with Suzin Bartley and Haji Shearer from the Children's Trust of Massachusetts Fatherhood Initiative, and Mike, a home visitor who is a graduate of the program featured in the film Dads Rock.


Dads Rock: Nurturing Father Engagement

2017 | Video | Family & Community Engagement

Click to watch the Dads Rock film

Dads Rock follows fathers on the journey to deepen their bonds with their children and the professionals working to improve father engagement. Highlighting the work of the Children's Trust of Massachusetts Fatherhood Initiative, this film provides a fly-on-the-wall look at home visiting with dads, father support groups, and professional men's family service providers' groups to provide insights into working differently with dads and addressing existing biases.