Join National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) team members and panelists from the CREOKS Health Services in Oklahoma and Hushabye Nursery in Arizona for a virtual conversation on the importance of engaging fathers in services for families affected by substance use disorders (SUDs) in the perinatal period and beyond. This discussion focuses on recognizing challenges to father engagement and exploring strategies to improve the involvement of fathers to support optimal family well-being.
The session will help attendees:
• Understand the importance of engaging fathers in plans of safe care and services by using fatherhood program approaches and elements
• Learn strategies to overcome challenges of father involvement, including distrust of programs, feeling misunderstood, fear of discrimination and punitive approaches, competing time priorities, and challenges related to co-parenting
• Identify the next steps child welfare, SUD treatment providers, court systems, and other community agencies can take to strengthen and improve father engagement