Home Module 013 – The Importance of Fathers

Module Overview

The Importance of Involving Fathers

Length: 2.5 - 3 hours
ETO: Dynamics of Family Relationships

Often when we think of parents involved in home visitation programs we instantly picture mothers. This is because we picture mothers as being central to the child’s development. But fathers also have a direct impact on the economic, social, behavioral, cognitive and academic well-being of children. Recent research provides strong evidence for inclusion of fathers in the home visiting process and the need for home visitors to reach out to fathers. Including fathers in home visiting programs is not only good for the children; it is an opportunity to positively impact the health and well-being of the fathers. This training is designed to help home visitors to feel knowledgeable, prepared, and empowered to actively include fathers in the home visiting process.

Objectives

By the end of this training Home Visitors will be able to:
•Express how father involvement impacts child wellbeing and outcomes
•Identify the barriers of engaging fathers
•Assess if their practices are father friendly
•Discover best practices for encouraging father-child relationships and engaging fathers in home visits


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