KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

New Rich Resource for Fatherhood Information: Father Facts 7

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Oct 08, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

This is your lucky day if you’re looking for trusted US and State statistics, as well as research studies on father involvement, father absence, and the effects on children’s, mother’s and father’s well-being. Especially for those writing funding proposals to support fathers or co-parenting services, this newly released collection of statistics and research summaries provides a goldmine for making your case to funders.  Christopher Brown, President of National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) just announced the release of Father Facts 7

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, co-parenting, fathers

How to Include Fathers in Family Services: Messages, Contacts, Skills

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 07:21 PM

In our previous two blogs in this 3-part series on Dad-friendly services, we discussed the unique contributions Dads make to children’s daily lives and their development, and 10 Tips from a UK report that rethinks the design of family services to genuinely welcome Dads to perinatal and family support programs. In this blog we’ll outline some strategies recommended by Dads and practitioners for shaping your services to engage Dads and enhance their competence and comfort as nurturing fathers.

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Tags: fathers, engagement-parent, family, community, family support-partnership-services

Ten Tips for Making Family Services Work for Dads

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 03:49 PM

In our last blog we talked about the unique contributions Dads make to children’s daily lives and their development, despite the media stereotypes which all too often belittle fathers and their efforts.   Though there are early parenthood programs focused on fathers and recent efforts to promote  rigorous evaluation of fatherhood programs by the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network in the US, most family service programs target primarily mothers.  In this blog we discuss a UK report that rethinks the design of family services to genuinely welcome Dads, along with Moms and Babies, to perinatal and family support programs.

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Tags: fathers, engagement-parent, family, community, family support-partnership-services

Dads Matter Too! Engaging Fathers in Parenting Services

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Jul 07, 2015 @ 06:09 PM

When you hear the word Parent, who do you think of first? … At quick response, most people say Mom.  All too often Dads aren’t given the credit they deserve.  Despite decades of research supporting Dads’ valuable contributions to children’s development, they are often portrayed in the mass media (e.g., TV, radio, Internet, movies) as the goofy playmate, the incompetent caregiver, the uninterested bystander, or the stern disciplinarian who stands in for Mom every so often.

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Tags: parent-child interaction, assessing parenting, fathers, engagement-parent, family, community, family support-partnership-services

How We Engage Fathers as Co-Parents with Their Babies

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Engaged fathers play a positive role in promoting children’s development.  Research shows that children with engaged fathers show better outcomes in early childhood and adolescence, such as 1) better social-emotional development, 2) higher school achievement, and 3) fewer behavior problems.  This is how fathers pave the path for their sons and daughters to become successful adults.  Northwest Kansas Prevention of Child Abuse shares their experience on adapting a group-based father-focused intervention to home visiting.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, co-parenting, fathers