An Appraisal of Fathers' Perspectives on Fatherhood and Barriers to Their Child Welfare Involvement

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Tanya M. Coakley, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The present study provides insight into the extent and rationale of fathers' involvement with their children and the child welfare system. This qualitative study explored 12 child welfare–involved fathers' perceptions of fatherhood and factors that facilitate and inhibit case planning involvement. The findings indicate that most fathers strongly desired to stay involved with their children but felt they needed to overcome social workers' negativity, unfair agency policies and practices, and economic difficulties in order to complete their case plan goals and remain in their children's lives. Recommendations are provided for child welfare policy, practice, and research.

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Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 23(5), 627-639
Language: English
Date: 2013
Fathers, fatherhood, permanency plan, father involvement, foster care

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