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Strengthening Relationships Between Noncustodial Fathers and the Mothers of Their Children

  • Tova Walsh and Darryl Davidson
  • November 20 2019
  • W59-2019

Tova WalshDarryl Davidson

Tova Walsh
, PhD, MSW is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Darryl Davidson is the Director of the Men’s Health Unit for the City of Milwaukee Health Department

Being able to communicate and work together with the mother(s) of their child(ren) helps noncustodial fathers to stay connected to their children. When the relationship between parents is contentious, it may pose a barrier to fathers’ full engagement in the lives of their children. This webinar will provide insight into the dynamics of co-parenting relationships and noncustodial father involvement. The webinar will also address the ways that difficult dynamics between co-parents add challenges to the work of serving and supporting families, and offer strategies for service providers to support families more holistically by valuing and engaging mothers and fathers and promoting effective co-parenting relationships.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the dynamics of co-parenting relationships
  • Recognize the importance of co-parenting relationships to noncustodial father involvement
  • Identify strategies for service providers to meet the challenge of including fathers even when the relationship between mother and father is fraught, in order to more effectively serve and support the family

Recording of the Webinar


Child Support, Complicated Families & Multiple-Partner Fertility, Custody & Placement, Family & Partnering, Family Structure, Parenting, Related Social Policies


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