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Supporting Young Fathers

Supporting Young FathersWhile most attention and efforts are focused on mothers and babies, fathers are equally vital to developing healthy and self-sufficient young families. These resources can aid efforts to understand, engage, and serve young fathers in your community.


The Rise of Single Fathers

This article from the Pew Research Center provides data and discusses the dramatic increase in the number of single father households from 1960-2011.


Growing Number of Dads Home with the Kids

Here the Pew Research Center provides an overview of the rise of fathers staying at home to care for children.


The Characteristics and Circumstances of Teen Fathers

This Child Trends research brief offers a statistical portrait of teen fathers at the time of their first child's birth and as young adults.

PDFResearch Brief

Modern Dads Rock, But a New Report Shows They Need More Support

Parents magazine describes research into the importance of men's involvement in children's lives.


Millennial Fathers Are Rejecting the "Bad Dad" Stereotype

In this 2018 World Economic Forum article, the author discusses the outdated ways film and television portray fathers -- and how that needs to change.


The Father Absence Crisis in America

This infographic from the National Fatherhood Initiative depicts adverse effects that are more likely to occur among children living without fathers.



Supporting Young Fathers' Engagement with Their Children

This tip sheet from the Office of Adolescent Health outlines effective program elements and provides resources for engaging fathers.

PDFTip Sheet

Resources for Serving Young Fathers

Developed by the Office of Adolescent Health, the resources in this toolkit provide a comprehensive approach for including young fathers in programming.


Co-Parenting: Resources and Best Practices for Service Providers

This resource begins with a description of the importance of co-parenting and its association with child well-being, and is followed by suggestions for how best to support young fathers and other caregivers in co-parenting programming services. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

PDFTip Sheet

Developmental Milestones: Supporting Father-Child Engagement

This section of the Office of Adolescent Health website provides information about how program staff can help young fathers cultivate the skills needed for positive engagement with their children.

WebResources for Program Staff

National Fatherhood Initiative

The National Fatherhood Initiative is a capacity-building organization that works to increase the positive presence of fathers in the lives of children. The initiative provides information for state and community-based initiatives, research-based programs for working with incarcerated fathers, and resources for fathers in the military. An extensive list of free resources is included on the website.


National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse

This website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is dedicated to promoting responsible fatherhood and strong communities. This site links to articles, statistics, promising practices, an extensive toolkit for professionals, and state profiles, among many other valuable resources.


Step by Step: Engaging Fathers in Programs for Families

This guide from the Best Start Resource Centre describes the importance of involving fathers in family support programs, understanding diversity, and assessing your organization's father-friendliness, along with marketing strategies, signs of success, and key issues to keep in mind.


A Driver's Manual for New Dads

Developed by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), this resource guide provides information and tips for new fathers. The manual covers all stages of early fatherhood, including working with and understanding the child's mother, and what to do when the baby arrives. It is available in English and Spanish (below) as well as Arabic, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Korean, and Russian on the OTDA Publications page.

PDFManual - English

PDFManual - Spanish

Fatherhood E-Learning Module

This E-Learning Module from the Office of Adolescent Health provides an overview of key insights and data on the unique and irreplaceable role fathers play in the well-being of their children. This course will also help participants consider opportunities to involve fathers.

WebE-Learning Module

Healthy Fathers, Healthy Families

This research brief from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse provides information to help fathers improve their own health as well as the well-being of their children.

PDFResearch Brief

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