WA State Department of Children, Youth & Families hosted Engaging Fathers and Men in the Lives of Children the full webinar can be viewed here.
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) issued a joint Information Memorandum (IM) emphasizing the importance of meaningful father engagement in all ACF programs to better serve children and families.
The memorandum highlights research findings that demonstrate the value of father involvement in the lives of children and families, and identifies promising practices to promote and sustain meaningful father engagement, regardless of a father’s physical location or custodial participation.
Being unable to meet in person is not stopping the Washington Interagency Fatherhood Council! We are continuing to meet virtually for Fatherhood Fridays, enjoying deep-dive conversations about specific topic areas. Recent conversations have included child support, the need for corrections reform, poverty reduction, housing, and navigating state agencies.
If you would like to be part of the conversation at an upcoming Fatherhood Fridays, please contact Anne Stone
If you are wondering what Washington’s fathers see as their most pressing needs, wonder no more! Thanks to the research conducted by Dr. Holly Schindler, we have a better understanding of their expressed needs.
The University of Washington researcher conducted her online survey of 348 Washington fathers over a three-week period. Her key findings are that the expressed needs fell into five categories:
1. Custody and Parenting time agreements
2. Lack of services available for fathers
One of the things we have learned from our work with agencies across the State of Washington is that it is hard to find materials that encourage fatherhood involvement. So, when we come across good material, we plan to pass it on to you.