Understanding key barriers to fathers' case planning involvement

Journal Article (Academic article)

Fathers who are uninvolved or play minimal roles in their children's lives may unwittingly have adverse effects on their psychosocial development. In 2003, only 54% of nearly a half million children in foster care in the United States had contact with their fathers, compared to 72% of children from the general population. There are multiple, complex personal, familial, societal, and agency barriers that limit fathers' involvement with their children. We provide recommendations for child welfare agencies to modify their policies to be equitable and financially helpful to fathers, and engage fathers in case planning about their children's safety, well-being and permanency.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Coakley, TM; Shears, JK; Randolph, SD

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 343 - 364

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1545-2298