QIC Fatherhood Toolkit

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The fatherhoodqic.org website has been redirected to American Humane Association's Fatherhood QIC Toolkit website where you will find many of the same resources and materials.

The National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), American Humane Association, and American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law welcome you to this web-based toolkit. 

The research is clear, fathers are vital to the overall success and well-being of their children.  A father’s presence in their child’s life makes a positive difference in social, emotional and academic development and success.  However, today more American children are growing up in homes without their biological father.  Involving non-resident fathers in the lives of their children becomes an even greater challenge when these children are involved in public child serving institutions such as child welfare or juvenile service systems.

This toolkit is based upon a nine step development model. Engagement of Non Resident Fathers is a challenge and a valuable opportunity for child welfare services. The potential to address the well-being of children and address safety and permanency issues is enormous. The contents of this toolkit will help  increase knowledge about father engagement and at the same time provide tools, tips and resources to support the developmental process for organizations, case workers and attorneys engaged in child welfare practice as well as the fathers being served. 

The nine step development model includes: 

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Fatherhood Quality Improvement Programs must address all fathers as all fathers are important. Quality Improvement methods can be invaluable in producing change once there is a sound foundation of values reflected in practice. Timely and accurate baseline data about father involvement and father effects on child outcomes are critical to such methods.

Each of the sections below — Fathers and the Courts, Fathers and the Community and Fathers in Child Welfare — will provide users of this toolkit with tools and resources to support applying these nine steps.

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