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Home Visiting: Approaches to Father Engagement and Fathers' Experiences, 2013-2015

Project Overview

The Home Visiting: Approaches to Father Engagement and Fathers' Experiences Study was a qualitative project that collected information about innovative approaches used by existing home visiting programs to actively engage and serve fathers, and gather fathers’ perspectives on participating in such programs. The study involved interviews with program staff, home visitors, fathers, and mothers. It documented:

  1. Program operators’ successes and challenges around engaging fathers.
  2. The views and opinions of fathers who were invited to and/or participated in home visiting programs.
  3. Lessons for other programs that work with men (e.g., Responsible Fatherhood programs) and programs interested in more fully engaging men in their programs.

The project was conducted by the Urban Institute. The points of contact are Anna Solmeyer and Amanda Clincy.

  • Serving Young Fathers in Home Visiting Programs: Highlights from a Research Study

    Interviews with program staff and clients in home visiting programs revealed that young fathers’ motivations to participate are similar to those of older and experienced fathers. The interviews also highlight that both groups of fathers benefit from the program in similar ways. However, young fathers—especially minors—present a unique set of challenges...

  • Approaches to Father Engagement and Fathers’ Experiences in Home Visiting Programs

    This report discusses approaches that home visiting programs use to engage fathers, the challenges they face, the strategies they use to overcome these challenges, and benefits of participating from the perspective of fathers and program staff...

  • Fatherhood: Ongoing Research and Program Evaluation Efforts

    Many programs within the Administration for Children and Families work with fathers to promote economic self-sufficiency and social well-being for them and their families. As a part of that work, we also implement rigorous research and evaluation projects designed to improve our understanding of how best to serve those fathers. This brief describes research and evaluation projects related to the Responsible Fatherhood grant program and noncustodial parents, and other research related...

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