Fathers are too often a forgotten part of the child welfare equation. Yet, engaged fathers, whether or not they live with the child or not, are an important part of children’s support systems. Child welfare involved children who have a non-resident father who is engaged in their life are more likely to leave out-of-home care, return home more quickly and are less likely to experience subsequent maltreatment reports. Fathers can also be an important part of the prevention equation. Learn more about effective father engagement strategies.


Digital Dialogues

Dads Rock! Nurturing Father Engagement
What are some challenges agencies face when they try to engage fathers? Hear about the Fatherhood Initiative featured in the film Dads Rock!.

Real Talk: Responding to Challenging Issues in Father Engagement
This Digital Dialogue brought together fatherhood practitioners from around the country to discuss some of the bigger challenges when trying to effectively engage fathers.

The X-Y Factor: Engaging Dads Using the Protective Factors
Learn how to encourage dads to build protective factors—and what’s unique about working with dads.

Tools & Tip Sheets

Dads Rock! Engagement Toolkit


Dads Rock! Nurturing Father Engagement
Dads Rock follows fathers on the journey to deepen their bonds with their children and the professionals working to improve father engagement. 11:03

Engaging Dads: Seeing Their Strengths
Instead of believing that dads are a liability, we need to understand that they are an asset. 01:58

Getting Real With Fathers
Many men are taught to bottle up their emotions; however, men grow by sharing experiences and bonding with others. 03:19

Xavier's Story
Learn how Xavier overcame challenges to become a better father – and a role model for boys growing up without fathers. 02:16

From Our Partners

Engaging Fathers and Paternal Family Members; Supporting Fatherhood, Child Welfare Information Gateway
Effectively involving fathers in protecting and parenting their children sometimes presents unique challenges and may require special strategies. Find related organizations and tips and resources for engaging fathers in caring for their children including the engaging fathers podcast series.

Father Engagement Resources, Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Head Start programs have decades of knowledge and experience in father engagement. This site provides links to a wealth of tools, tips and resources developed by the Head Start community.

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is an Office of Family Assistance (OFA) funded national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, states, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.