Father Engagement Tools for Practitioners

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  • Step by Step. Engaging Fathers in Programs Families (pdf 2.19Mb)
    by Brian Russell
    Published by Ontario's Best Start Resource Centre, Step-by-Step is an online resource which gives service providers a systematic guide for planning and implementing strategies for engaging fathers. The resources covers a wide variety of topics including: • Influences on father involvement • The impact of father involvement on children and families • Unique ways that fathers relate to their children • The diversity of fathers • Assessing organizational father-friendliness • Marketing to men Each section of the manual provides ideas from fathers and practitioners and includes examples of existing effective fathers' programs. A PDF file can be downloaded free-of-charge from the how-to resources section.

  • My Daddy Matters Because...Tookit (pdf 2.58Mb)
    by Tim Paquette, Gilles Forget, Marie-Josee Lafontaine, Annie Devault, Sarah Allen, Ed Bader, and Deb Jarvis.
    This toolkit for practitioners is a product of the My Daddy Matters Because... project, which ran from 200 to 2005. This 184-page resource is designed to help staff in programs for families with young children promote Father Involvement and work effectively with fathers. The Father Toolkit includes: information on Father Involvement, tips for father-inclusive practice, the Canadian Fatherhood Library of Resources, tips for forging community partnerships, and other ideas and resources to help organizations work more effectively with fathers.

  • Father Factors (What social science research tells us about fathers and how to work with them.) (pdf 948kb)
    by John Hoffman
    This report, prepared by FIRA communications coordinator, John Hoffman, with the help of a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada, summaries and constructs meaning of selected research and other relevant publications with respect to the following themes: • External and contextual influences on the fatherhood role; • The influence of mothers/partners on the fatherhood role; • Father-child attachment/relationships; • Fathers' influences on mothering in early parenting; • Vulnerable and marginalized fathers; and • Father-oriented programming. Father Factors cites some 130 research articles and other relevant documents, most of were published in the last ten years and about half of which are Canadian. Hard copies of Father Factors are available from: Dad Central Ontario Tthe BC Council For Families

  • The Principles of Father Inclusive Practice (doc 67kb)
    by Engaging Fathers Project , University of Newcastle, Australia
    Father-Inclusive Practice Principles are modelled on family-sensitive principles already in use within family and health services and on proposals for sustainability within the child care sector. The nine principles and their implications for service providers were developed through the Father Inclusive Practice Forum held in Newcastle, Australia in 2005.

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