In effective systems of care, families are essential partners at the levels of service, management, and policymaking. As part of the process of engaging families, it is crucial to engage fathers and father figures in children’s mental health and related human services that have historically been framed as mother- and child serving systems. Researchers have learned that fathers have a critical role in children’s mental health but need more support to fulfil their potential (L. Khan, 2017).
Join us for a Community of Practice to listen to what fathers and grandfathers have learned in their advocacy journeys on behalf of their young children with or at-risk for social-emotional and behavioral health needs. We will also hear from program and state leaders who have been fine-tuning approaches for engaging fathers and father figures from vulnerable communities in families and systems. In our work together, participants will be supported in thinking through ways to embed and enhance father-friendly strategies at the agency and systems-level.
May 20: Exploring Frameworks for Engagement of Fathers and Father Figures
May 27: Strategies for Engaging Fathers and Father Figures in Services
June 3: Engaging with Fathers and Father Figures from Special Populations
June 10: Centering Fatherhood Programming on Lived Experience