Fatherhood Initiative Resource Guide

The Fatherhood Initiative is intended to strengthen the role of fathers in families. Written to assist the Head Start community in its effort to support the initiative, this resource guide stresses that strong families are essential to the future of the nation, and that both mothers and fathers play essential roles in ensuring the well-being of their children. Changes in the lives of fathers must be supported by the communities in which they live, and communities must know what resources and support are available to help in this effort.






This section includes a selection of journal articles on the Fatherhood Initative and Male Involvement.

Coley, Rebekah Levine. "Children's Socialization Experiences and Functioning in Single-Mother Households: The Importance of Fathers and Other Men." In Child Development Vol. 69(1): 219-230.
Within the context of single-mother households, the author examines the effect of fathers' involvement and that of other men who interact with children.

Davenport, Dan. "Why We Need Fathers," Better Homes and Gardens June 1996 Vol. 74 (6): 46(4).
This article focuses on the importance of fathers in their children's lives and takes a look at how community workers and organizations are working to bring fathers closer to their children and more active in their lives.

Engle, Patrice and Cynthia Breaux. "Fathers' Involvement with Children: Perspectives from Developing Countries," Social Policy Report 1998 Vol. 12(1).
This article looks at fathers' involvement with their children from an international perspective, specifically in developing countries.

Fagan, Jay. "African American and Puerto Rican American Parenting Styles, Parental Involvement, and Head Start Children's Social Competence," Merrill-Palmer Quarterly 2000 Vol 46(4): 592-612.
This article discusses co-parenting, fathers' care and how the presence and involvement of the father positively affects children's social competence.

Fagan, Jay and Aquiles Iglesias. "The Relation Between Fathers' and Children's Communication Skills and Children's Behavior Problems: A Study of Head Start Children," Early Education and Development May 1, 2000. Vol. 11(3):307.
Head Start children's behavior in relation to the communication skills of fathers and children is the focus of this study.

Herb, Steven and Sara Willoughby-Herb. "A Focus on Fathers: The Role of Males in Children's Literacy Development," Knowledge Quest May/June 1998 Vol. 26 (4): 44-49.
The often overlooked issue of gender equity and the importance of fathers in the development of their children is examined. Highlights include: the lack of male presence in many children's lives; benefits of involvement for children and fathers; timeliness for supporting fathering; and a partnership between libraries, literature, and fathering.

Horn, Wade F. "You've Come a Long Way, Daddy: After Being Pilloried and Left for Dead, The Fatherhood Ideal is Making a Comeback," Policy Report July/August 1997: 24-30.
Examines the social problem of the collapse of fatherhood since the 1960s, and its recent comeback as a social ideal since news stories began to connect absent fathers and such social ills as crime, educational failure, and welfare dependency. Covers MAD-DADS, Promise Keepers, The National Fatherhood Initiative, and other movements.

Levine, James A. "Involving Fathers in Head Start: A Framework for Public Policy and Program Development," Families in Society January 1993 Vol 74: 4-21.
James Levine has written several books on fatherhood involvement. This article specifically addresses how to involve fathers in the development of Head Start programs.

Lue, Martha S. et al. "African-American Fathers with Their Preschool Children," Educational Forum Summer 1998 Vol. 62(4): 300-05.
In a Baltimore Head Start center, a support group for fathers assists them with child-rearing skills and child-development knowledge. Key principles are recognizing the fathers' role, respecting their feelings and opinions, and valuing their cultural background.

Mackey, Wade C. "Father Presence: An Enhancement of a Child's Well-Being," The Journal of Men's Studies Winter 1998 Vol. 6(2): 227(17).
Data collected from the 1970s to the late 1990s suggest that fathers are a significant presence in a child's development. Many U.S. scholars and writers have tended to assume fathers were unnecessary, claiming all a child needed was the assurance of at least one parent consistently demonstrating physical and emotional support. However, fathers enhance a child's well-being and fatherless children are hindered by that lack.

McBride, Brent A. and Thomas R. Rane. "Father/Male Involvement in Early Childhood Programs: Issues and Challenges," Early Childhood Education Journal Fall 1997 Vol. 25(1): 11-15.
Shifts in societal attitudes suggest the time is right to encourage greater father/male involvement in early childhood programs. Based on experiences with the Men & Kids Project in Urbana, IL, the authors identify several challenges as educators, explore ways to encourage greater father/male involvement and suggest possible solutions.

Roopnarine, J.L. and M. Ahmeduzzaman. "Puerto Rican Fathers' Involvement with their Preschool-Age Children," Hispanic Journal of Social Science 1993 Vol. 15(1): 96-107.
[This article] presents information about how Puerto Rican fathers are involved with their young children.

Seibold, Douglas. "Reinventing Fatherhood," Our Children Sept/Oct 1995 Vol. 1(1): 6-9.
[This article] Examines the changing structure of the American family and how [it] that affects fathers, discusses good fathering in today's society, notes the views of the National Fatherhood Initiative, and discusses briefly various groups and their efforts to improve and unite fathers.

Whalley, Margy. "Getting Fathers Involved," Basic Skills March-April 1998: 25-28.
An early education program for children under five worked on creating an environment in which fathers feel welcome and acknowledged as influences on child learning. Publicity and programs were designed to reflect gender difference in values and motivation.

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This section contains a selected list of books and reports focusing on the Fatherhood Initiative and Male Involvement.

Biller, Henry B. Fathers and Families. Auburn House Publishing, 1993.
In Fathers and Families, Biller gives compelling evidence that fathers--so relatively under-researched--are quite important to complete child development. He focuses on the positive results of active paternal involvement that affect an overall family environment, which is both nurturing and satisfying. The presence of a caring father encourages a child's [positive] body image, self-esteem, moral standards, and other important qualities. The child-father relationship is shown to impact later life adjustment. Biller establishes, too, that variations in paternal involvement influence not only children, but also general family well-being, including marital relationships. This is needed and timely work essential to understanding fathers' roles, potential, and importance in family life.

Canfield, Ken. 14 Keys to Successful Fathering (Men of Integrity Series). Moody Press, July 1993.
From the founder of the National Center for Fathering, this book is an easy read about how to be a better dad.

Canfield, Ken. Adventures In Fathering. National Center for Fathering, 1998 series.
When a dad knows what his children are experiencing during particular stages of their lives, he gains confidence for the present task and knows how to prepare for the changes that lie ahead. Each of the six books in the series addresses a specific stage of development in the child's life and what fathers can do to positively impact their child's growth and development. These include: 1. Forming a Lifelong Bond (for dads of infants); 2. Learning and Growing (for dads of preschoolers); 3. Exploring the World Together (for dads of school-age kids); 4. Thriving in Times of Change (for dads of adolescents); 5. Charting the Future (for dads of young adults); and 6. Leaving a Lasting Legacy (for grandfathers).

Canfield, Ken. Learning and Growing: For Dads of Pre-Schoolers. National Center for Fathering, 1998.
Learn key tasks that will lead you to a lifetime of healthy relationship with your child. This concise book addresses the specific challenges, key issues (and joys!) dads face with preschoolers. Canfield provides lots of practical help, a self-scoring feedback survey, recommendations for further reading, and more.

Condrell, Kenneth. Be a Great Divorced Dad. St. Martin's Press, 1998.
A handbook that covers the practical and emotional issues facing divorced fathers today, Be a Great Divorced Dad offers advice, guidance, and support for the ever-growing number of divorced fathers who seek to remain "real" dads, but fear that their situation after divorce will make that impossible.

Epstein, Lewis. Coaching for Fatherhood. New Horizon Press, 1996,
[This book] provides a step-by-step method to revitalize fatherhood, utilizing family histories and participants. It expands men's images of themselves and the families that formed them. Through it, men can learn to actively participate in their present families, develop a stronger sense of themselves, and become truly involved in their children's lives.

Fagan, Jay, and Glen Palm. Fathers and Early Childhood Programs. Delmar Learning. 2004. This book introduces the reader to many of the critical issues that are being studied about fathers in the social sciences. The authors review the available research regarding father involvement in programs for young children and present the results of 33 in-depth interviews that have been collected on this subject. The theoretical perspectives that are presented are considered relevant to building better partnerships between programs and fathers. Practical suggestions are offered for working with fathers, staff, and the community to facilitate increased father and family involvement.

Glennon, Will. Fathering: Strengthening Connection With Your Children No Matter Where You Are. Conari Press, 1985.
Written especially but not solely for divorced dads, this collection of powerful personal vignettes, based on the experiences of 100 fathers, shares important lessons, offers practical and creative ideas, and focuses on overcoming obstacles such as travel, divorce, and long work hours.

Hawkins, Alan J. and David C. Dollahite, editors. Generative Fathering: Beyond Deficit Perspectives. (Current Issues in the Family Series #3). Sage Publications, 1996.
From the founders of FatherWork this book is an excellent scholarly work on how dads can be more actively involved in their children's lives.

Henry, Dewitt and James Alan McPherson, editors. Fathering Daughters: Reflections by Men. Beacon Press, 1998.
This is a collection of essays that strikes deep into the heart of issues spanning both nurture and gender relations, and represent some of the best recent writing about manhood. Looking beyond a politicized definition of the father-daughter relationship, the editors have sought—for this collection—essays that express what they call "the perplexities of parenting daughters during these decades of questioning, polarization, and social change."

Horn, Wade, Alice Feinstein and Jeffrey Rosenberg. Better Homes & Gardens New Father Book: What Every Man Needs to Know to Be a Good Dad. Meredith Books, 1998.
From the founder of the National Fatherhood Initiative and the column Fatherly Advice, this book offers practical tips for new fathers on everything from how to show love and provide discipline to how to help children with health and emotional problems.

Jacobs, Edward H. Fathering the ADHD Child: A Book for Fathers, Mothers, and Professionals. Jason Aronson, 1998.
Clinical psychologist Edward H. Jacobs recognizes the needs and perspectives particular to fathers and suggests how differences can be harnessed to strengthen and enrich the parenting team to benefit the ADHD child.

Ketterman, Grace H. Fathering: A Practical Guide for Dads (Framing Better Families, Bk. 3). Beacon Hill Press, 1997.
Dr. Grace Ketterman, pediatrician and psychiatrist, offers hands-on help on becoming a world-class father. This is a guide aimed at helping fathers make the most of their roles as a partner, protector, and playmate for their children.

Kilcarr, Patrick J. and Patricia O. Quinn. Voices From Fatherhood: Fathers, Sons and ADHD. Brunner/Mazel, 1997.
Voices From Fatherhood
is the first book written specifically to help fathers in their journey through the complex world of fatherhood and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It encourages personal growth while arming fathers with strategies for guiding their sons. Building on first-person accounts, this book strikes the unique balance of offering factual information about ADHD and at the same time focusing on the personal impact on the father-son relationship.

Kita, Joe. Wisdom of Our Fathers: Timeless Life Lessons from Men Who Have Had Time to Learn Them. Rodale Press, 1999.
In this inspiring book of life lessons, journalist Joe Kita asked men in their autumn years what they wish they had known 30 years ago. In the process, he gained a harvest of wisdom from the older generation.

Klatte, William. Live-Away Dads: Staying a Part of Your Children's Lives When They Aren't a Part of Your Home. Viking Penguin, 1999.
[This book offers] practical tips and advice on how to be involved with your children after divorce.

Klinger, Ron. Common Sense No-Frills, Plain-English Guide To Being A Successful Father. CSF Publishing, 1996.
[You may obtain] ordering information at: www.fathering.org. Published by the Center for Successful Fathering, this positive view of fathering is based on the lessons taught by ordinary, hard-working men who are also active fathers, with the basic principle that children need the balance of a mother and a father. Dr. Ron Klinger leads you through the mistaken beliefs, myths, misconceptions, and obstacles that disconnect men from their children. In a straightforward approach you learn the destructive effects of fatherless children and the unique and irreplaceable contributions of devoted dads.

Lamb, Michael E. The Role of the Father in Child Development 3rd ed. John Wiley & Sons, 1996.
In this third edition of Dr. Michael Lamb's Role of the Father in Child Development, a team of leading experts provide a thorough and up-to-date summary of the current scholarship on fathers and fatherhood, father-child relationships, and the influence of the father on the development of the child. This edition is distinguished by a broader view of the social context within which these relationships take place, including ethnicity, marital quality, and the operation of particular ideals of fatherhood. The book examines the father-child relationship at different stages of the child's development and constitutes a study in the evolution of this relationship and its effects (both direct and indirect) on child development. The book also explores non-conventional or particularly difficult relationships, including those experienced by divorced fathers, stepfathers, gay fathers, adolescent fathers, abusive fathers, and fathers of children with disabilities. For developmental, family, and clinical psychologists, child psychiatrists, researchers, social workers, and anyone involved in developmental psychology or child custody issues, this book offers rich detail, authoritative analysis, and profound insight into one of the most important relationships that any child will ever have.

Lansky, Vicki. 101 Ways to Be a Special Dad. N T C/Contemporary Publishing Company, 1993.
The author of the popular 101 Ways to Make Your Child Feel Special presents a heartwarming collection of tips and special ideas for dads. This delightfully illustrated book shows good dads how to enrich the parenting experience with thoughtful activities.

Levine, James. Getting Men Involved: Strategies for Early Childhood Programs. The Fatherhood Project, Scholastic Inc., 1993.
This is a hands-on guide for early childhood program workers who want to involve fathers and other significant males in children's lives. The first part of the book outlines four "stages" of reaching out to and working with men and includes over 100 practical strategies. The second part profiles 14 model programs throughout the United States. A resource section includes an annotated bibliography of books for children that feature men in nurturing roles. Getting Men Involved was supported by the A.L. Mailman Foundation and Smith Richardson Foundation.

Levine, James. New Expectations: Community Strategies for Responsible Fatherhood. Families International, 1995.
New Expectations: Community Strategies for Responsible Fatherhood offers a new way of thinking and acting to promote responsible fatherhood, including a jargon-free review of research, state-of-the-art review of community-based strategies, tips from leading practitioners, and a guide to more than 300 programs nationwide and to the 100 most useful publications.

Levine, James and Todd L. Pittinsky. Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work & Family. Harcourt Brace & Company, 1998.
From the founder of the Fatherhood Project, this book offers strategies for fathers and businesses on how to deal with balancing work and family issues for men.

Lewis, Paul. The Five Key Habits of Smart Dads: A Powerful Strategy for Successful Fathering. Zondervan Publishing House, 1996.
This book inspires confidence by offering a simple model of effective fathering. Charts, tips, quotes, and activity ideas make it an easy read. Each page has a "smart idea," something simple you can do for building a good relationship or for just having fun.

Lindsay, Jeanne Warren. Teen Dads: Rights, Responsibilities and Joys. Morning Glory Press, 1993.
Introduces young men to various aspects of parenting – things dads need to know about, but which are usually considered more moms' domain (prenatal care, birth, breastfeeding, etc.), as well as special problems for young fathers, such as maintaining ties when the baby lives somewhere else with its mother. Nothing is covered in much depth, but the encouraging tone and informality of the text make the information easy to assimilate, and the inclusion of comments from teen dads will bring readers closer to the fatherhood fold.

Meyer, Donald J (ed.). Uncommon Fathers: Reflections On Raising A Child With A Disability. Woodbine House, 1995.
Uncommon Fathers is a collection of essays by fathers who were asked to reflect and write about the life-altering experience of having a child with a disability. Nineteen fathers have taken an introspective and honest look at this extremely emotional subject, offering a seldom-heard perspective on raising children with special needs. Written for fathers by fathers, Uncommon Fathers should also be helpful to partners, family, friends and service providers who will appreciate this rare insight and perhaps learn from what these fathers have to say.

Frank Minirth, Paul Warren, and Brian Newman. The Father Book: An Instruction Manual. NelsonWord Publishing Group,1995.
With a little theory and a lot of practical guidance, this book explores what it means to be a father, how fathering has changed in the nineties, and how you as a father can meet many of your children's needs as no one else can. [This book] offers valuable advice for taking your children through every stage of growth — infancy, preschool, grade school, early adolescence, teens — and addresses those important developmental issues that come up along the way.

Minnesota Fathering Alliance. Working With Fathers: Methods and Perspectives. Nu Ink Unlimited, 1992.
A hands-on field guide for people who work with fathers, written by a team that has been working with fathers for years. Offers perspectives and techniques for helping men who want to be involved with their kids.

National Center on Fathers and Families. Strengthening the Role of Fathers in Families: Report on a Federal Conference.
The Federal Conference described in this report is a collaborative effort between the National Center on Fathers and Families (NCOFF), the Philadelphia Children's Network, the National Performance Review, the Domestic Policy Council, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The conference attempted to address a range of questions concerning families and the role of fathers. It puts first the idea of the family as fundamental to the care, support, and nurturing of children and fathers as central to ensuring the well-being of their children and families. It seeks to better understand how fathers can and do contribute to the general quality of their children's lives, and seeks ways that fathers might support mothers more effectively in daily parenting and tasks of caring for children.

Parke, Ross D. Fatherhood. Harvard University Press, 1996.
Authored by one of the first generation of American fatherhood researchers, this is a state-of-the-art survey of research into fatherhood and child development, relating to the impact of absent fathers, styles of play, divorce, discipline, remarriage, custody, competence, confidence and class on the development of boys and girls.

Parke, Ross and Armin Brott. Throwaway Dads. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.
Are fathers really important? Of course they are. Yet we as a society have wittingly and unwittingly built nearly insurmountable barriers that restrict men's involvement with their children and families. Parke and Brott explode the myths of neglectful, uninterested, abusive, deadbeat, and lazy dads with real-life studies and statistics. They explain why the largely negative portrayal of fathers in books, television, and the movies is both inaccurate and harmful, training young boys and girls to see men as having little or no role in the family.

Pitts, Leonard, Jr. Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood. Longstreet Press, 1999.
Syndicated Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts offers a thoroughly absorbing study of the African-American man's struggle to become a competent father in a society sorely lacking in role models. Detailing his personal efforts to bond with his children, the author also presents numerous case studies of black men facing similar difficulties. Pitts offers helpful, sensible advice and urges black men who have fathered children to locate [their children] and establish a relationship with them and their mothers, then Pitts discuss how to create structure and stability while praising them, allowing the next generation to grow up confident. It is a readable, well-balanced, impassioned account of a dilemma that touches not just the black family, but all who care about children.

Popenoe, David. Life Without Father: Compelling New Evidence that Fatherhood and Marriage Are Indispensable for the Good of Children and Society. Martin Kessler Books. 1996. This book provides an analysis of the American experiment of fatherlessness. Drawing from the social sciences, history and evolutionary psychology, it examines the nature and meaning of fatherhood and reviews the trend, the evidence and the social consequences of the removal of fathers from families and the lives of their children.

Sears, William. Becoming a Father: How to Nurture and Enjoy Your Family. La Leche League International, 1986.
Addresses the joys and problems of parenthood from the male perspective—everything from how to hold a tiny baby to sibling rivalry and organized sports. The author, a pediatrician and father of six, writes from personal experience, promising that becoming a father can bring rich rewards, among them love, a better marriage, and maturity. "Fathering means carrying through with what you started," Dr. Sears writes, "That means being sensitive to the mother's needs so she may be a better mother, giving children the time and attention they need from their father, and learning the joys of nurturing." In this well researched but easy-to-read volume. Dr. Sears documents the importance of the distinctive paternal role.

Warren, Jamin. Father Facts. 5th Edition. National Fatherhood Initiative. 2007.
This research seeks to provide community workers, elected leaders, judges, clergy, policy makers, opinion leaders, scholars and the public with a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the social science research being conducted on family structure, father absence, and its implications, and the effects of father involvement on the well-being of children and society. New to this edition is a set of two essays on the cultural environment surrounding fatherhood at the beginning of the 21st century.

Willis, Andre C. Faith of Our Fathers: African-American Men Reflect on Fatherhood. Plume, 1997.
Black men are under scrutiny as never before, yet one aspect of their lives often overlooked or dismissed is their role as fathers. Andre C. Willis brings light on issues of black fatherhood in this collection of 12 original essays by African-American men. Authors include Cornel West, John Edgar Wideman, Anthony Cook, Robin D. G. Kelly, Delfeayo Marsalis, Playthell Benjamin and Michael G. Hanchard. The essays cover a range of topics from media stereotypes of black men as irresponsible fathers to a eulogy for a deeply religious man.

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Accepting the Challenges of Fatherhood. Dr. Ron Klinger
This five part video series comes with a curriculum and book, if desired. It has been utilized by the Center for Successful Fathering to train over 1700 dads in seminars that explain how and why a dad must play an active role in raising his child. Available from the Center for Successful Fathering at 800-537-0853 or via the Internet: http://www.fathering.org/

Building Blocks for Father Involvement. Office of Head Start. 2004. Each video in this five part series is accompanied by a booklet. The five part video series will support Head Start programs in their efforts to promote father involvement. Appreciating How Fathers Give Children a Head Start provides up-to-date research on the essential role that fathers play in the healthy development of their children. First Thoughts on Getting Fathers Involved in Head Start explores some of the important foundational questions to be asked and steps that need to be taken in planning for the development of an effective father involvement program. Building a Foundation to Work with Fathers will raise staff awareness of barriers that might exist and offer guidance for developing plans to overcome them. Planning for Success examines issues related to program structure in working with fathers. Bringing a Fatherhood Program to Life this is where the fun begins: making a difference in the lives of the Head start fathers and their children. http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/family/Family and Community Partnerships/New Parental Involvement/Fatherhood/BuildingBlocksf.htm

Fatherhood USA. Families and Work Institute. 1998.
This two-part documentary exploring fatherhood beyond the stereotypes of deadbeat dads and Mr. Morns originally aired on PBS in June 1998. The first program, Dedicated, Not Deadbeat, looks at fathers in Baltimore and Boston who are finding community support in trying to be good fathers. The second program: Juggling Family and Work, focuses on three men, in intact families, who confront the daily difficulty of being a dad and handling the pressures of a workplace that isn't always "father-friendly." The documentary is hosted by former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. Actor Yaphet Kotto narrates the first program and actor John Shea narrates the second program. A separate training video and manual are available. Funding for the program was provided by The Ford Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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This section includes a selection of virtual sites that provide additional information on the Fatherhood Initiative and Male Involvement.

Head Start Fatherhood Projects

The Father Factor: National Head Start Institute on Father Involvement
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/resources/video/Father Factor
The National Head Start Institute on Father Involvement was held June 14-18, 2004. The institute brought together leaders of every Head Start and Early Head Start program in the nation to focus on enhancing father involvement. Through the Institute and other related activities, the local Head Start program leadership, staff, and parents have the knowledge and skills needed to strengthen families and support the ongoing involvement of fathers in Head Start, and in the lives of their children. This, in turn, will contribute to the healthy development of and improved outcomes for children.

National Fatherhood Initiative
This nonprofit organization offers an on-line catalog, a listing of on-line resources, tips and advice for fathers, and relevant links for further information.

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Father & FamilyLink
A site featuring several on-line research databases, fact sheets, and a contact list of related organizations. They also offer news updates and a calendar of upcoming events.

FatherNet (Children, Youth and Family Consortium, University of Minnesota)
This site features news, articles and publications relevant to fatherhood. It also offers a bibliography and hosts an e-mail discussion group for people interested in fatherhood issues.

Fathers Matter Initiative: Advancing Responsible Fatherhood Through Community Foundation Involvement
This website of the Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth provides initiative to encourage greater father involvement in families.

Fatherwork - Brigham Young University
This site features stories, ideas, and suggested activities for and about fathering as generative work.

National Center on Fathers and Family
This organization is devoted to research designed to study and promote father involvement. Their site features on-line databases of policy research, events, and programs relating to fathers.

The National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute
A collaborative effort of Bienvenidos Family Services, The National Compadres Network and Behavioral Assessment, Inc. Emphasizes male/father involvement, healthy family development, and media campaigns to promote positive Latino father involvement. Serves as a clearinghouse to bilingual/bicultural materials, and fatherhood research.

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Reports and Articles on Fatherhood/Male Involvement

Building Bridges Between Healthy Marriage, Responsible Fatherhood, and Domestic Violence Programs.
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/Family and Community Partnerships/Healthy Marriage Initiative/Healthy Marriage Initative Overview/ldingBridgesBet.htm
Oooms, Theodora, Jacqueline Boggess, Anne Menard, Mary Myrick, Paula Roberts, Jack Tweedie and Pamela Wilson. Center for Law and Social Policy. December 2006.
We call this document a "preliminary guide" because the bridge-building effort is new and will evolve. There is no blueprint for these types of partnerships. Programs are learning many new ways of working together and, in the process, are discovering new unresolved issues. At this important juncture- when so many new programs have been funded- we decided it would be useful to publish and disseminate a set of promising ideas and practices that were discussed at the conference. Written publications such as this one are just beginning. Technical assistance is also needed to assist programs in using this guide and in working with other tools that will be developed in the future.

Face to Face with Fathers: A Report on Low-Income Fathers and Their Experience with Child Support Enforcement.
This highlights a report by the Center on Fathers, Families and Public Policy in Chicago. Seventy-one fathers were interviewed on the impact of public policy on low-income, non-custodial fathers.

March-April 2000 issue of Poverty Research Center News
This issue emphasizes the role fathers can play beyond that of breadwinner. A range of policy and program initiatives are reviewed. The difficulties that fathers, particularly low-income fathers, face in playing a meaningful role in their children's lives are chronicled. Full text and hyperlinks are available on-line.

Map and Track: State Initiatives to Encourage Responsible Fatherhood
From the National Center for Children in Poverty site, this page includes editions of this national report on state efforts to promote responsible fatherhood. Covers state profiles, programs, and national resources.

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Resources for Fathers

BabyCenter: The Dad Zone
This site offers extensive consumer literature for new or expectant fathers.

Bootcamp for New Dads
Extensive training, tips and advice for new or expectant dads presented by new and "veteran" fathers.

Dads and Daughters
A non-profit, membership organization for fathers with daughters.

National Center for Fathering
This site offers practical tips, an on-line bookstore and services for connecting fathers with other fathers as well as recent research findings on fatherhood.

National Fathers Network: Support for Fathers and Families of Children with Special Needs
A non-profit organization devoted to supporting and offering resources for fathers of children with special needs, their families, and their service providers. Their site archives a newsletter for fathers, contains articles by dads, and lists additional resources.

The Practitioner's Page
This website is the home page for the National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families. It offers a variety of professional resources for individuals who work to strengthen the role of fathers in their families.

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At-Home Fathers

At Home Dad Network
The network is a loose-knit grassroots organization for primary care dads who want to start up or join any activity to help connect at-home dads.

Dad Stays Home
A new father thought it would be great to create a site where other "stay at home" dads could exchange ideas or stories and research parenting topics.

Slowlane.com: The On-line Resource for Stay At Home Dads
This site offers articles, media clips, suggested books, and other resources for fathers who stay at home. It also highlights services to connect fathers with other stay at home dads in their local communities.

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Men's Issues

MenWeb - Men's Issues: Men's Voices Magazine
Provides information and support for men. Encourages men to creatively choose their roles in society, and to select healthy models of personal growth.

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Fatherhood Initiative Resource Guide. DHHS/ACF/ACYF/HSB. 2004. English.

Last Reviewed: May 2012

Last Updated: November 14, 2013