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ENGAGING DADS IN THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM

  • CEUs — 6
  • Cost — $60
  • Facilitator —  Gerald Palmer

Fathers involved with the Child Welfare System experience unique challenges and barriers when working to reunify with their children. Some of those barriers and challenges include stigma and a history of limited communication with their co-parent and children. Paternal family members may also be meet with road blocks when trying to engage with children who are in the foster care system. Research shows that when fathers are involved with their children even when they are not residing in the home that rates of juvenile delinquency and teen pregnancy decline. Non-resident fathers and fathers who had been living with their children and paternal family members are a part of the picture that makes up a child’s life. Effectively including these important people has large impacts on children’s lives; including the length of time a child may remain in foster care. This training will focus on challenging the way child welfare has traditionally engaged fathers. Participants will discuss and learn strategies to more effectively and sensitively include dads and paternal family members in child welfare cases. Participants will challenge their own biases and the biases of the child welfare system. During the course of the training participants will learn strategies for empowering dads and for supporting inclusion of fathers in court, the child welfare system and beyond.

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Attendee Information

If you would like to register multiple attendees, please contact Shelby Clark at (913) 832-4342.