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Engaging Non-custodial Fathers eLearning

Level: Advanced Practice

Credits: 1

Intended Audience: This course is intended for line workers and supervisors

Description of Course: This is a one hour eLearning that explores the research and links between father involvement and the outcomes for children and youth. The data
from CWS/CMS, the data base for California Child Welfare, on father identification and utilization of service is presented. Strategies for how to engage fathers in child welfare services as well as barriers to engagement are reviewed.

Intended Objectives: As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the need for and importance of locating and engaging non-custodial
    fathers
  • Identify formal and informal support services for non-custodial fathers
  • Determine a non-custodial father’s appropriateness as a resource for the child

Topics Include:

  • What is a father?
  • Research on father involvement
  • Outcomes for children and youth
  • CWS/CMS data on father involvement in child welfare
  • Case work practices
  • Engagement strategies
  • Barriers to Engagement
  • Engaging mothers
  • Visitation
  • Valuing fathers
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