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Increasing Engagement of Fathers in Services Through Father-Specific Programming

  • Tova Walsh, Darryl Davidson, Brooks Griffin, and Jennifer Bellamy
  • December 2 2020
  • W72-2020

December 2, 2020
2:00–3:00 EST | 1:00–2:00 CST | 12:00–1:00 MST | 11:00–12:00 PST

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Tova Walsh

Darryl Davidson

Brooks Griffin

Jennifer Bellamy

Tova Walsh, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty, UW–Madison
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

Fathers play a central role in their children’s development. Child and family service providers can enhance outcomes for children and families by engaging fathers, alongside mothers and other family members, in services. Over two webinars, we will explore the growing evidence base for programming and services that are responsive to the needs of fathers and highlight exemplary programs. In this first webinar, we will focus on father-specific programming.

Father-specific parenting programs have been developed for groups including expectant and new fathers, young, low-income, and unmarried fathers. We will discuss development, selection, and implementation of father-specific programming for different audiences. This webinar will highlight 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.


Child Development & Well-Being, Children, Family & Partnering, Family Structure, Parenting


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