Paternal engagement in intervention, prevention and research efforts to improve the wellbeing of young children lags far behind in its potential to improve child and family outcomes at a global level. In Practitioner Review: Engaging fathers –recommendations for a game change in parenting interventions based on a systematic review of the global evidence (Panter-Brick et al, 2015 and Pruett)successful programs are highlighted that have positively engaged fathers in a variety of cultural and ethnic settings that have elevated child health, educational and behavioral outcomes. ACEV— Mother Child Education Foundation, Supporting Father Involvement, Fatherhood Institute in the UK, and Promundo include productive and helpful resources for programs wishing to address this oversight in their community and scientific approaches to addressing this programmatic vulnerability.
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The Father Support Program (FSP) aims to contribute to children’s development through addressing the parenting skills and attitudes of fathers, and increasing community awareness and action on the role of men.
Research confirms that when fathers become more involved in parenting – and in working with mothers as co-parents and partners – healthier parents, children, and families are the outcome. Learn more about SFIs innovation in research and intervention.