KN2 RESOURCE: Engaging Young Fathers...

Changing Systems and Practice to Improve Outcomes for Young Fathers, Their Children and Their Families: a 2017 report written by Lisa Primus of the Center for the Study of Social Policy and funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is an informative work on a critical population - younger fathers.

Fathers matter. It is well established by best practice and research that the presence and involvement of fathers are important to healthy child development, thriving families and communities. When fathers are engaged in the well-being of their children, mothers tend to experience less stress and have better outcomes ...

This report looks at several components of father engagement, including co-parenting, father-focused practice and service, incarcerated fathers, undocumented fathers, and intimate partner violence. The document ends with recommendations for improved outcomes and services. But if you're not into all that reading, please, please take a look at this video that accompanied the report. So important to hear from young fathers working on active engagement in the lives of their children.

Along with our report, "Changing Systems & Practices to Improve the Lives of Young Fathers, Their Children and Their Families," CSSP released a new video, Effectively Engaging Young Fathers in Child Welfare, which highlights the voices of three young fathers involved in the New York City child welfare system.