As we reimagine public systems and services to work better for families, we have an opportunity to do so in a way that honors the full diversity of family structures, as families themselves define them, and builds upon families’ inherent resilience. This requires an intentional and explicit commitment to applying a gender lens inclusive of fathers to our analyses of family-supportive policy, practice, and research.
Bringing Fathers Into Focus for Child and Family Well-Being is an analysis of challenges and opportunities for leaders and entities committed to the well-being of children and families to more effectively engage fathers for family prosperity.
Prioritizing innovations that build family well-being by intentionally and simultaneously moving children and the adults in their lives toward economic security, educational success, and health – we partnered with Ascend at the Aspen Institute to surface the following opportunities:
- Ensuring Noncustodial Parent, Father-Inclusive Lenses Are Applied to Decision-Making
- Reframing Narratives to More Accurately and Positively Reflect Fathers’ Roles in Families and Communities
- Developing a Research and Evaluation Framework Around Whole Family, Father Engagement and Support
- Transforming Criminal and Civil Legal Systems and Reexamining Public and Private Policies and Practices to Support Justice-Involved Families
- Adopting Father-Inclusive and Supportive Principles Across Public and Private Funding Streams
- Making Family-Focused Public Assistance, Systems, Supports, and Services Accessible to Noncustodial Fathers