- Tova Walsh, Darryl Davidson, Brooks Griffin, and Jennifer Bellamy
- December 2 2020
- Link to W72-2020-Slides-Increasing-engagement-of-fathers-through-father-specific-services (PDF)
Darryl Davidson, Director, City of Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative
Brooks Griffin, Peer Father Advocate, African American Breastfeeding Network and Founder of The INSPIRED Network
Jennifer Bellamy, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor, University of Denver School of Social Work
Child and family service providers can enhance outcomes for children and families by engaging fathers, alongside mothers and other family members, in services. Father-specific parenting programs have been developed for groups including expectant and new fathers, young, low-income, and unmarried fathers. The presenters discuss development, selection, and implementation of father-specific programming for different audiences.
This webinar highlights several initiatives: peer-to-peer programming for new fathers through the African American Breastfeeding Network; Dads Matter, a new intervention designed to incorporate fathers into perinatal home visiting programs; and the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, which offers father-focused legal, health, and education services, as well as parenting support, primarily to low-income African American fathers.