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Supporting Engaged Fatherhood and Family Well-Being: The Role of Policy from the Community Level to the Federal Level

  • Tova Walsh, David Pate, Jr., Congressman Jimmy Gomez, and Darryl Davidson
  • November 29 2023
  • W107-2023

Tova WalshCongressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Founder and Chair of the Congressional Dads CaucusDarryl Davidson

Dr. Tova Walsh, Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Dr. David Pate, Jr., School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Founder and Chair of the Congressional Dads Caucus
Darryl Davidson, Milwaukee Fatherhood Coalition

Policy decisions made at the federal, state, and local levels directly affect the well-being of fathers, their children and families. Policies may support the engagement of fathers with their children or make it more difficult for fathers to be the parents, partners, and providers they want to be. In this webinar, we will highlight research addressing fathers’ circumstances and the challenges they face, and discuss implications for policymaking across levels of government. Panelists will offer their perspectives on, and share their experience with, the development of public policy to support engaged fatherhood and help families thrive.

This webinar is co-produced with the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board.

Recording of the Webinar

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Presentation Slides (pdf)


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


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